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Newly released records show Hernandez with a gun

Authorities on Thursday released about 100 pages of heavily redacted search warrants and affidavits related to their investigation of Odin Lloyd's death.





Aaron Hernandez surveillance photos: This black and white photo was taken from former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez's home surveillance system in North Attleborough, Mass. It shows Hernandez holding what authorities said appears to be a gun, shortly after Odin Lloyd was shot to death on June 17.
Aaron Hernandez surveillance photos: This black and white photo was taken from former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez's home surveillance system in North Attleborough, Mass. It shows Hernandez holding what authorities said appears to be a gun, shortly after Odin Lloyd was shot to death on June 17.
ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Newly released surveillance photos show former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez holding what authorities say appears to be a gun, shortly after his friend was shot to death.

The photos taken from Hernandez's home surveillance system are contained in more than 100 pages of court records released Thursday.


Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, whose body was found June 17 near Hernandez's home. His cell phone contained messages exchanged with Hernandez the night of Lloyd's death.

An affidavit says the pictures show Hernandez in his basement holding a gun not long after Lloyd was killed. The surveillance was cut off within minutes.

Other photos show what authorities say is Hernandez in his living room before Lloyd's killing also holding what they believe is a gun.

Police say Lloyd was killed with a .45 caliber gun, but it has not been recovered.

Keys to a black Chevrolet Suburban that Hernandez had rented were found on Lloyd's body, according to court papers.

Hernandez was cut from the National Football League team on June 26, shortly after police arrested him on charges that he orchestrated the execution-style murder.

Hernandez made a brief appearance in Massachusetts state court on Wednesday, when Judge Daniel O'Shea agreed to a request by prosecutors to delay until August 22 a hearing to establish probable cause in the case.

Lloyd's body had been shot five times at close range with two of the bullets passing through his body, prosecutors have said.

Prosecutors said that Hernandez soured on Lloyd, a few nights before the body was found, with the two arguing after Lloyd socialized at a nightclub with people that Hernandez disliked.

Two other men have been taken into custody in connection with the case. Ernest Wallace, who is suspected of being an "accessory after the fact," turned himself in to police in Miramar, Florida, last month. Another man, Carlos Ortiz, was arrested in Connecticut on charges of being a fugitive from justice.


Hernandez, 23, had been a rising young star in the NFL who had signed a $41 million contract with one of the league's top franchises before his arrest.

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick on Wednesday made his first remarks on the case, saying that the team had been "shocked and disappointed" by the news.

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