Home security photos feature in murder case against ex-NFL star Hernandez
ATTLEBORO, Mass.—Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is holding what authorities have said is a gun in several surveillance photos recorded hours before—and minutes after—his friend was shot to death, according to an Associated Press report.
The photos, taken from Hernandez's surveillance system in his home in North Attleborough, Mass., are in more than 100 pages of court records released by Attleboro District Court on July 25. The release gave the public a first look at images showing Hernandez holding a gun both before and after the killing, the report said.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston semi-professional football player whose body was found June 17 in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's home. He was shot five times, authorities have said.
Four pictures show Hernandez in his basement holding a gun shortly after Lloyd was killed, according to an affidavit. The surveillance was cut off within minutes.
Two other photos show what authorities say is Hernandez in his living room, a few hours before Lloyd's killing, also holding what they say is a gun, the report said.
Authorities believe Lloyd was killed with a .45-caliber Glock, which they have said hasn't been recovered. Prosecutors have said that a gun Hernandez is seen holding in the home surveillance appears to be a Glock.
Authorities recovered an ammunition clip for .45 caliber bullets in Hernandez's Hummer as well as ammunition of the same caliber inside a condo he rented in Franklin, Mass., the report said. Prosecutors contend Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd's killing because he was upset at him for talking to people Hernandez had problems with at a nightclub a few days earlier.
The Patriots released Hernandez within hours of his arrest.