Posted July 03, 2013

Aaron Hernandez leased secret ‘flop house’ with boxes of ammo found by police

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Aaron Hernandez leased a secret apartment where boxes of ammunition were found. (Michael DeHoog/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez leased a secret apartment where boxes of ammunition were found. (Michael DeHoog/Getty Images)

The evidence continues to mount against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

After being charged with first-degree murder in June for the execution-style shooting of acquaintance Odin Lloyd, and subsequent findings of links to other shootings and incidents, the 23-year old Hernandez is now reported to have rented a secret “flop house,” a place typically reserved for minimal services such as storage.

SI Wire: Report Aaron Hernandez involved in domestic disturbance incident last year

According to a report Wednesday from the Associated Press, Hernandez, who is now one of 29 NFL players arrested since the Super Bowl, had reportedly leased a $1,200 per month apartment in Franklin, Mass., where state police found boxes of ammunition, a sweatshirt and a baseball cap, among other items.

Police found out about the apartment from Carlos Ortiz, one of Hernandez’s friends, who said he was with the former NFL star the night he allegedly made plans to shoot Lloyd. The articles of clothing recovered from the apartment are similar to what Hernandez had worn the night of the crime, June 17. According to the AP report:

“The white sweatshirt could be used … to assist in linking Hernandez to the scene of the crime,” wrote Trooper Michael Bates, in an affidavit in support of one of the search warrants.

“The baseball hat could help provide the whereabouts of Hernandez on the Friday night before the homicide,” Bates wrote.

SI Wire: Sheriff says he won’t let Aaron Hernandez get married

The Boston Globe and Boston Herald have the list of items recovered, which include:

  • A white hoodie “consistent in color and type with the sweatshirt that Hernandez is observed to be wearing on surveillance cameras the night of the homicide.
  • A red baseball cap worn by Hernandez to a nightclub on the Friday night before the murder. Prosecutors had previously said Hernandez’s anger at Lloyd could have been sparked by an incident at that club.
  • Five boxes of .45 ammunition (the caliber of the shells found on Lloyd’s body), five boxes of rifle ammunition, and one box of .22-caliber ammunition.
  • Keys to a brand-new Hummer registered to Hernandez.
  • Paychecks from the Patriots and Puma.
  • A bag from Kay Jewelers.
  • A valet receipt from the W Hotel in Boston.
  • A Western Union receipt.
  • A Hertz car rental agreement

(Hat tip to DeadSpin for compiling the list)

Lloyd, who was dumped at an industrial complex about a mile from Hernandez’s North Attleboro (Mass) mansion after he was killed, reportedly had inside information about Hernandez’s involvement in a 2012 double-homicide in Boston.

Hernandez’s attorneys say the items recovered from the Franklin apartment is circumstantial and added that he’s eager to clear his name from the murder charge.

McCANN: Can ex-Patriots star Aaron Hernandez receive a fair trial? 


97 comments
Jessica9
Jessica9

Damn, he looks like George Zimmerman!

KimJongBush
KimJongBush

Loser, when you start killing your friends you find that you do not have any.

zap_zowie
zap_zowie

This guy Hernandez has to be one of the stupidest people who's ever lived. Maybe he should be in the Guiness book.

rcoop55
rcoop55

------Hernandez’s attorneys say the items recovered from the Franklin apartment is circumstantial and added that he’s eager to clear his name from the murder charge.------

BUUUUUUUWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

Thanks fellas......I needed a good laugh!! LOL LOL 

Might tell ol' Aaron to NOT hold his breath!! LOL!!

TOO funny!!

mr.brianwagner
mr.brianwagner

If it's not caught on video tape, idiot juries will not vote guilty! Today's citizens need to see the crime committed in slow motion and have it described to them.

Jiam
Jiam

This is a horrible display of BS from "professionals" who lots of Kids look up to, shame on you!

RealJDSportsFan
RealJDSportsFan

Here are a few legal issues that relate to the Hernandez case including whether getting married would keep his fiance from testifying against him and if the Sheriff can keep him from doing so in the first place: 

http://www.jdsportsfan.wordpress.com

Ciscos
Ciscos

I'm sure Hernandez is eager to clear his name.  That's standard language from defense attorney's in high profile cases.  That said, Hernandez will be using the remaining balance of the guaranteed money the Patriots paid him to hire the best attorney's he can find.

In the meantime, Ortiz sounds like he's the first one to start rolling over.  lol.

dewbert
dewbert

So, it's all just a coincidence? Hernandez is not very good at covering up a murder.

Emmit
Emmit

...and the  p.c. sports media, particularly espn's gang of ex jocks, coaches and cheer leaders,  went nuts 24/7 when  Tim Tebow could not throw a 90 yard spiral.  Meanwhile, the  street thug culture has taken over much of the NFI and that is "acceptable''? Big money rules.

PC1
PC1

I never understood why the NFL has never considered putting tracking devices that are tamper proof on players that are deemed troublesome knuckle heads and or has violated the league's substance abuse policy or driving drunk and killing their teammates, etc... 

Before anyone says says they can't do that, they can. If they want to and let's be honest today's NFL players are not phased by any suspensions that Roger Goodell has used against them. If these knuckle heads like Hernandez had one  he would had one he'd be home being a father to his little girl. 

 If you are a model citizen you don't have to wear these tracking devices if you are not its the price you pay for being a knuckle head considering the millions you are making. Most company's ask if you have ever committed  a felony if you are applying for a job. If you have one chances are you are not getting hired which I agree with. 

The question that the NFL, NBA, MLB and the NHL should start asking themselves, is it time to ban any athlete from playing in their sport if they are felons or has committed one? By not doing so these sports entities are doing more to hurt our society than help it.

reallyfosho
reallyfosho

It does make you wonder just what goes on in his mind. Not very much is my guess.

Sean29
Sean29

So Mr Lloyd was killed a mile away from Hernandez's mansion and reports state that Aaron went back there a few minutes after gun shots were heard yet all of the evidence from that night ends up at this random apartment that police didn't know about until some "friend" of Hernandez told them?? Either Hernandez is in the running for dumbest criminal of ALL TIME or this is/was a set-up. 

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

Hernandez is trouble. Jail is the right place for him.

JamesDeangelis
JamesDeangelis

It's not against the law to own ammunition and sweatshirts and baseball cap, all that anyone can purchase at any store. I am not defending what this guy supposedly has done but it all sounds like circumstantial and fabricated evidence to me.

stellah
stellah

AH is either the dumbest person on earth or he is so arrogant & because he kept getting away with murder, he didn't bother to cover anything up. 

What a moron! How can he follow a football play? He lets people in on the murder, plans it no less,  picks the victim up at his house, brings 2 scum bag gangsta's with him, doesn't take his cell phone from Odin, kills him and leaves his body exposed near his house, leaves evidence in a vehicle leased to him, leaves evidence in the pockets of the victim, doesn't count the shells, nor does he remove incriminating evidence at the scene, uses his cell phone over and over again, exposes himself to images at gas stations, the crime scene, his house, (throw the  camera away, don't just smash that and your cell phone) has guns in his house and doesn't dispose of them after the murder along with all the other evidence, should I go on?

Look at those thugs from Ct. You'd rather hang around with the likes of them when you could be rubbing elbows with Giesele, Tom, Barry, movie stars, rock stars, you'd rather be hanging out with gangsters and killing people? You had a gift given to you and you chose to murder people? 


Rot in jail scum.


joeshine730
joeshine730

No one cares about the dead black guy let hernandez play football. It's not like some great guy got capped.

RaylanGivens
RaylanGivens

Any one else find it oddly suspicious to have all of the evidence to the crime found in a 'secret' safehouse - not destroyed?  I'm not the least bit into who this guy is - honestly knew little about him before all of this.  

Maybe too much Law and Order as well?  But who kills someone, has the presence to remove the body and disposes it only a mile away?  Why not in the water or deep in the NH woods?  But after disposing of the body, you take the evidence and store it away in a house with the ammo consistent with the hit?

I'm sure the guy is neck deep in this, but something has a bad smell.

My .02

Kenny S
Kenny S

Ya know...part of me thinks for his family's sake, they should just give him his shoelaces and belt back and he can take the cowards way out. If it were just him being accused of the Lloyd murder, I would say, innocent until proven guilty. But, at this point, after all this other stuff, it's obvious.

cpi8888
cpi8888

I don't think a plea deal will be on the table...this guy is getting life because a) he is scum and b) its always an election yr in the das' office

Dayoh
Dayoh

also found was the body of Hernandez's previous lawyer.

riley8
riley8

By no means am I a great criminal mind (neither is AH apparently) but wouldn't a multi-millionaire do a murder for hire?

ohiostatefan1978
ohiostatefan1978

Am I the only one who looked up "flop house" and found out it's a rooming house or a cheap hotel where a bunch of low-wage workers live together in close quarters?  I'm pretty sure a secret leased apartment paid for by a million-dollar athlete and shared with no one is not called a flop house.  

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Ironic, I think, that he looks less arrogant in this picture than he does when he's in court.

prisonmike
prisonmike

awesome....hes not even smart enough to get rid of the clothes....I bet law enforcement is just shaking their heads..too easy

John64
John64

Hernandez killed Lloyd because Lloyd knew too much about the double murder from 2012 and was getting ready to blackmail Hernandez because he desperately longed for the lifestyle of a millionaire.  Lloyd was going to rat out Hernandez, so Lloyd got whacked.  Case closed. 

PattiBostick
PattiBostick

@Jiam That is why you do not make your heroes based on how much money they make.

seeClearly
seeClearly

@dewbert   Other then football I don't think Hernandez is very good at anything.  He is a typical thug that thinks he knows why more then he actually does.  Breaking up his cell phone and security system must have seemed to be genius thinking to him.  The body a mile from the house -- they will NEVER connect it to me.  He must have thought no one would ever connect him to this guy.  And last but NOT least Hernandez probably actually thinks his "friends" will cover for him.  Either dumb as a stump or just brain dead.

seeClearly
seeClearly

@PC1 I agree with your POV.  One thing is the NFL should suffer some money damages when they bring a thug and/or a felon on board.  There are hundreds of players who are good enough to play NFL ball but never get the chance because of some arbitrary coaches or scours call as to who is the "best" for whatever job is open.  

Character should count for as much as athletic ability.  Rather watch great people and  great athletics play then over hyped thugs and criminals whose behavior and life style is disgusting.  

Stopped watching NBA.  NFL might be next.  College ball has not yet been reduced to professional sports levels of criminality.  YET!!  

Baseball with all its' problems does not seem to produce a criminal element in the large numbers of the other sports.  

leon1376
leon1376

@PC1 If you're in favor of tracking devices at some point,  the government will get around to putting one on you. By the way, there is no such thing as a "tamper proof" tracking device. Not when it can be cut out of your body with the point of a knife. 

RichMcKeever
RichMcKeever

@PC1Who gets to define "Knucklehead, you?" Or maybe we could trust our wonderful government to define it for us. Let's see now, didn't vote Democrat, Knucklehead, didn't contribute to the party, Knucklehead, wrote that comment to SI Magazine that I don’t agree with, Yeah, Knucklehead for sure. 

I hope you can see where this is going. If you give anyone that type of authority, that type of extra-constitutional authority you will be sorry, because all they are going to want after that is what any government wants, More.

We have a Constitution for a reason, a very good reason. The founders knew it and many of our people today seem to be forgetting it but Liberty is fleeting to those who do not zealously guard it, nurture it and watch over it every moment of every day. This only makes sense as freedom and liberty are the most valuable commodities in the world today and there is always those who are waiting to deprive you of yours, so beware, do not just give yours away, and stay away from mine altogether.

Rich in New Mexico.

mcornejo
mcornejo

@PC1, I completely agree with you!! However, sad thing is in our current society, instead we value money over values. Being that professional sports will always be a business dealing in the multi-millions, these athletes literally feel they can get away with murder. Most of the time they do get away with or off from having to serve any time or consequences for their actions.  If it were you or I that committed the exact same crime(s), we would be tried & most likely sentenced immediately. I live in Dallas, so I see the Cowboys get away with crap such as this case, DWIs, drug posession(& sales), etc. on a regular basis... they all make me sick. I guess it is the day they stand before their maker that will take place before they truly are judged for their decisions & actions. Sad but so very true.

donald5
donald5

@JamesDeangelis You could take almost any evidence from a trial and call it circumstantial.  Once you add everything up, juries are allowed to take a large amount of circumstantial evidence to create a "trier of fact".  So there is nothing wrong with using circumstantial evidence as long as there is enough.  You could walk into a room that had a dog in it and a torn up garbage bag.  The evidence is "circumstantial" but nobody in their right mind would think the dog is innocent because there is not video evidence of it occurring.

 As for "fabricated", are you saying the police are creating evidence or just making things up? Are you sure that is what you meant? So what evidence do you have that they are "fabricating" things?  You seem to be fabricating a narrative about the actions of the police without any proof.  What makes your comment any different.

Mel
Mel

@JamesDeangelis  

Circumstantial?


* The hoodie he was wearing, he hid in his apartment, that he conveniently forgot to tell police he had. The hoodie matches the one he was wearing the night of the murder.

* The ammunition matches the exact make and caliber used in the murder. Once again, hidden in an apartment that he "forgot" to tell police about. 

* The hat matches the hat he wore to a club with the victim days before the murder. Also hidden in that same apartment. 

And we are talking about a guy that had plenty of warning that they were coming to search his home. But hey, I'm sure it's all just a total coincidence. ...

stellah
stellah

@JamesDeangelis You do know the thugs said he did it and a shell was found in the rental car. You do know that the same gun used in the murder was found in the condo. You do know that Oldin was going to rat him out about the drive by last July in Boston, and that is why he executed him, right? You do know he shot his friends eye out and that person has said it was him right? Now what would ever make you think AR isn't capable of murder? Why he didn't have the thugs pull the trigger says it all, he LIKES to kill people.

Sean29
Sean29

@stellah Yeah its pretty amazing how stupid Aaron is/was if all of this is what actually happened. 

stellah
stellah

@RaylanGivens Because AH is an arrogant, beyond stupid murderer! He likes to kill otherwise he would have had his croonies do all the shootings.

seeClearly
seeClearly

@riley8 Guy is a thug.  Street cred is way more important then hiring someone to "do it."  He would be considered a punk who could not do his own "capping."

He might actually LIKE killing others who he has a grudge against.  He may be really mentally unbalanced.  May have a very low IQ.  Just because you can catch a football and con people does not make up for mental illness or just plain dumb as* self destructive behavior.  

dt
dt

@riley8 Not if you're stupid.  $$$ doesn't always = Brains.

seeClearly
seeClearly

@ohiostatefan1978 Maybe the press is not as smart as you or the police just meant it was a place to sleep and not really lived in.  That definition has not been revised since the depression.  (1930 to 1940).

Apparently it was NOT so secret quite  a few individuals knew about his secret.  Maybe he brought his extra girlfriends there instead of to his home or a hotel where he might be noticed.  Is this important?


stellah
stellah

@prisonmike How did he follow a football play is my question? How did he make to the NFL and through college? Well, we know how the get their diploma, but you still have be able to read and write to play the football...

leon1376
leon1376

@John64 That's absolutely amazing, John! I don't know how you do it. You should be working for Obama's NSA you have it all figured out so perfectly. Heck, for all we know, you probably do work for the NSA. I hear they take just about anybody. 

iRavens
iRavens

Well look at you little media detective 

PC1
PC1

@leon1376 @PC1 Teams are paying people to follow their troubled stars and paying them salaries that some executives jaws would drop. Obviously this practice is not working but you have to look at other options. BTW, they have tracking devices that are a lot more advanced and secure nowadays. They will dispatch and send alerts if it is tampered with. If the government got around to putting one on me it was because I was stupid and deserve to have one on me. But I'm not that stupid.

PC1
PC1

@RichMcKeever @PC1  Rich, your point is well taken. However our constitution doesn't help you, me or the guy next door get a job in the real world if we have committed a felony. Why should professional athlete's not have to be obligated to the same constraints we have to?

If a company refuses us employment based upon our background check it has nothing to do with the constitution but everything to do with the company considering us for employment because they usually don't hire you if you are a felon. The biggest problem with these spoiled overpaid athletes is they never had to be accountable for anything.

I remember back in 1998 I was driving south bound on the Dallas Tollway and former Dallas Cowboys Erik Williams was driving his convertible like a bat out of hell speeding in excess of 100 miles and almost crashed into me a my kids, he showed little regard for anything or anybody because he was a Dallas Cowboy. 

Finally if you don't think Knucklehead is not appropriate for Hernandez, Pac Man Jones, Lawrence Phillips and Tank Johnson just to name a few then I do not know what to tell you.

ohiostatefan1978
ohiostatefan1978

@seeClearly @ohiostatefan1978 Yeah, in the end, it doesn't matter what it was called, it seems like this was an apartment to help Hernandez hide, well, a number of things.  I just think that if the author of this article bothered to use the term in the headline and in the article, it should've been used properly.

misterdeltoid
misterdeltoid

@leon1376 @John64 He was joking moron.  But thanks for the (ridiculously unrelated swipe at Obama.  You hear they take anybody, genius?  You should apply.  It probably pays better than your gig at Wal-Mart. 

John64
John64

@iRavens  LOL... I knew that would get a sarcastic reply... 

leon1376
leon1376

@PC1 @leon1376 As a rule of thumb, every high-tech problem is vulnerable to a low-tech solution. In other words, just about anything can be hacked. The main problem with tracking devices is that the people doing the tracking, are monitoring the location of the device. The assumption is that the human to which the device is attached will be in the same place as the device. Perhaps the one tracking system that might be difficult to defeat is the special magnetic ink the government is planning for tattoos. I understand this works for Point Of Sale transactions as well. You get a tattoo in the palm of your hand, and another in your forehead. The hand tattoo ties in to your bank account and the one in the middle of your forehead validates the NSA's face recognition system. If you tamper with either one of these, you cannot buy or sell and you instantly become a non-person. I doubt you'll have any problems though. You seem like one of those types who instinctively goes along with the program. Read Franz Kafka's "The Trial" to get a better grasp of the concept. 

seeClearly
seeClearly

@ohiostatefan1978 @seeClearly   TRUE but you vastly overestimate sports writers abilities.  They are at most cheerleaders and write in cliches  creating "puff" pieces for whatever sport they are covering.  They are not used to covering actual news events.  Your observation while correct and astute is like pearls before ----well you know.