ATTLEBORO, Mass. – A man linked to the murder case involving ex-New England tight end Aaron Hernandez cast him as the triggerman in a police interview, according to documents filed Tuesday in Florida that provide the most damning evidence yet against the athlete.
The records, obtained by The Associated Press, also show a vehicle of interest in a double killing in Boston a year before had been rented in Hernandez’s name.
Hernandez has been charged with murder in the June killing of Boston semipro football player Odin Lloyd, 27.
The records show Hernandez associate Carlos Ortiz told Massachusetts investigators another man, Ernest Wallace, said Hernandez shot Lloyd in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough.
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Hernandez, 23, has pleaded not guilty in Lloyd’s killing.
The documents were filed in court by the Miramar, Fla., police department to justify a search of Wallace’s mother’s home in that city.
The records also show police, while investigating Lloyd’s killing, searched in Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol, Conn., and found a vehicle sought in connection with a July 2012 double homicide near a Boston nightclub.
Prosecutors allege Hernandez, Wallace and Ortiz drove with Lloyd in a rented Nissan Altima to the industrial park where Lloyd was fatally shot.
Later, as Wallace and Ortiz were driving to Bristol, Wallace said Hernandez shot Lloyd, according to Ortiz’s account to police. The gun believed to be used in the killing has not been found.
Meanwhile, eight search warrants were unsealed in Massachusetts after news organizations sought access to them.
Records show Hernandez became “argumentative” during his first encounter with police at his home about five hours after Lloyd’s body was found by a jogger. Hernandez told police he had last seen Lloyd in Boston the day before. He asked, “What’s with all the questions?” and later slammed a door.
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