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Double homicide linked to Hernandez

By Bridget Murphy
Associated Press  • 
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BOSTON — Boston police asked authorities in the Connecticut hometown of Aaron Hernandez for their help with a double homicide investigation linked to the former NFL star, police said yesterday.

Hernandez is already charged with murder in the shooting death of his friend Odin Lloyd, whose body was found on June 17 near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass.

The request from Boston police in the July 2012 double homicide was based on evidence developed through the investigation of Lloyd’s slaying, Bristol Police Lt. Kevin Morrell said. He said police were asked to search the same home in Bristol for both investigations, and a vehicle was seized at the address on Friday.

Two people were killed in the shooting in Boston’s south end on July 15, 2012. Witnesses reported seeing people inside a gray SUV with Rhode Island plates open fire on a vehicle carrying the victims, 29-year-old Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and 28-year-old Safiro Teixeira Furtado.

Boston police have declined to comment on whether Hernandez is considered a possible suspect in that case.

Prosecutors say Hernandez, 23, orchestrated Lloyd’s execution-style slaying. They say it happened after the two went to a nightclub a few days earlier and Lloyd spoke to people Hernandez didn’t want him talking to. Two other men are also facing charges in connection with the death of Lloyd, who played linebacker for the Boston Bandits semi-pro football team.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder and gun charges and is being held without bail at the county jail in Dartmouth, Mass., where Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said he is acclimating well..

Hodgson said Hernandez has been a model inmate but is being watched closely because other inmates might want to “make a name for themselves.”

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