Documents released Tuesday shed some light on why police believe former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez may have been involved in a double homicide in Boston in 2012.
Filed as part of the investigation and released in Superior Court, The Harford Courant reports the documents show that Hernandez was in an SUV
that waited for the victims of an early morning drive-by shooting on July 16, 2012. The SUV approached the victims' car at a light, and one of the passengers fired five or six shots, killing two and injuring one of the five men in the other car.
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The warrant doesn't indicate whether there is evidence that Hernandez pulled the trigger in the deaths of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, said the Courant. Surveillance footage from earlier that night showed Hernandez and another man, Alexander Bradley, at the same Cure Lounge nightclub. Bradley is the same man who sued Hernandez for shooting him in the eye in February.
Hernandez, who signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension with the New England Patriots a month after the June 17 shooting of Odin Lloyd near Hernandez's home, was released from the team
when authorities charged him with murder. A Boston detective then linked Hernandez to the previous crime when he recalled noticing the former NFL player on Cure Lounge surveillance footage.
The Courant also reported that authorities received an anonymous call from an employee of another nightclub frequented by Hernandez and Lloyd where the men had a disagreement that may have led to the shooting. Sharif Hashem, a security supervisor at that club, told police on June 22 he had information that both crimes were related, according to the warrant.
Given that information, Boston police restarted their investigation and focused on Hernandez.
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Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder.
Days after Odin's murder, police searched Hernandez's home and found an SUV, rented in Hernandez's name
, which Massachusetts authorities were seeking in connection with the July 2012 shooting.
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