A Boston insurance company has filed a lawsuit against former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who is serving a life sentence for murder, and a man who says Hernandez shot him in the face.
The Lexington Insurance Company brought suit against Hernandez and Alexander Bradley in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, legal filings show. Bradley alleges in a lawsuit in Florida that Hernandez shot him there in 2013.
According to Lexington’s civil complaint filed in Boston, the company is Hernandez’s home insurer. The firm maintains it is not liable for the shooting, and that it has no duty to defend Hernandez in the matter.Hernandez, the complaint states, “has not made himself available for an interview” to discuss Bradley’s allegation, and his failure to provide information “has prejudiced, in every way possible, Lexington’s ability to determine coverage and defend the underlying case.”
Lexington also argues that because Bradley does not allege that the shooting was accidental, it was not an “ ‘occurrence,’ as that term is defined in the homeowners’ policy. ... Because there was no ‘occurrence,’ the homeowners’ policy does not cover Bradley’s claims against Hernandez.”
A Lexington lawyer declined to comment, and lawyers for Hernandez, who was convicted in April of killing Odin Lloyd, could not be reached.
David Jaroslawicz, a Manhattan lawyer representing Bradley, said Lexington is trying to use legal arguments to avoid a payout to his client.
“That’s why these insurance companies build these nice big buildings,” he said.
Hernandez also faces a double murder indictment in Suffolk County for allegedly gunning down two men in Boston’s South End in 2012. In addition to Bradley’s lawsuit, Hernandez faces wrongful death suits from Lloyd’s family and relatives of the South End victims.
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