The former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez got into a car with the victim Odin Lloyd the night he was murdered and Odin felt that something wasn’t right. He apparently knew that he was going to die as he sent out two texts after getting into the car.
According to prosecutors, once Lloyd got into the car with Hernandez, he sent a text to a family member. It read, “Did you see who I am with.” Prosecutors then said that the 27 year-old murder victim sent another text that said, “Just so you know.” Making it sound like the young man knew he would not be returning from the car drive.
Prosecutor’s are saying that 23 year-old Hernandez drove his friend to a remote spot in an industrial park in the middle of the night. Reportedly Aaron was still angry over a fight that the two men had at a nightclub three nights earlier. It was also alleged in a Massachusetts court on Wednesday that Hernandez “orchestrated his execution.”
Hernandez pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and to five firearms charges which included a charge of possessing a large-capacity firearm over a week after the body of Odin Lloyd, 27, was found a mile away from his Massachusetts home.
A judge ordered him held without bail.
According to the First Assistant District Attorney William McCauley, Hernandez “drove the victim to the remote spot, and he then orchestrated his execution. That’s what it was.” McCauley made the accusation in the Attleboro District Court.
It apparently was an execution that Lloyd suspected that Aaron Hernandez was going to carry out. The texts that the victim sent out seem to show that he knew that he was going to die. Although it appears that he may have tried to escape from what the District Attorney said next.
McCauley went on to say, “As (Lloyd) tried to turn, he was shot in the back, and the defendant and his confederates stood over him and delivered the two fatal shots. He orchestrated the crime from the beginning and took steps to conceal and destroy evidence.”
Hernandez was taken into the court hearing Wearing a white V-neck shirt, red sports shorts and handcuffs. He showed no emotion as prosecutors laid out a their account of what allegedly happened the night that Odin Lloyd, a 27 year-old semi-professional football player, was killed. They based their evidence on what they say is surveillance camera footage as well as text messages. The evidence also included statement from witnesses who were working the overnight shift who heard gunshots as evidence.
Hernandez wiped tears from his face at the very end of the arraignment.
Odin Lloyd’s bullet-riddled body was found by a jogger June 17 in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez’s North Attleborough home. The death was ruled a homicide.
Prosecuting Attorney’s said that the killing was prompted by a fight between the two friends during a June 14 trip to a Boston nightclub. Three days later, Hernandez and two friends allegedly picked Lloyd up at his house at 2:30 a.m. Surveillance footage from Hernandez’s house shows him leaving earlier in the night with a weapon, prosecutors said.
After getting into the car, Lloyd allegedly texted a family member, asking, “Did you see who I am with,” prosecutors said. He then texted that it was Hernandez and followed it up with “Just so you know” in another text message, according to prosecutors during the arraignment.
Later that same morning, between 3:23 a.m. and 3:27 a.m., employees working the overnight shift at the industrial park where Lloyd’s body would later be found stated that they heard gunshots, authorities said. Investigators have not stated who they think fired the shots.
Hernandez’s attorney stated, “It is at bottom a circumstantial case. It is not a strong case.”
The prosecutors have alleged that security videos taken from Hernandez’s house show him with firearms after Lloyd was murdered. More videos show a Nissan Altima, which is the same type of car Hernandez had rented, going to and coming from the site where Lloyd’s body would later be found.
Hernandez was seen exiting the vehicle at 3:29 a.m. with a gun at his home on the surveillance video footage, according to prosecutors, shortly after authorities say Lloyd was killed.
Hernandez, 23, was placed in handcuffs and put in a police cruiser just before 9 a.m. Wednesday by Massachusetts State Police and North Attleborough police. Authorities have searched his home, on the Rhode Island line not far from the Patriots’ stadium, several times over the past week. They have also removed a lot of what appears to be “bagged” evidence.
From the last two texts that Odin Lloyd sent to his family, it appears he knew that he was a “marked” man who was doomed to die at the hand of Aaron Hernandez and he wanted someone to know who he was with.
By Michael Smith