Since his arrest this past week for the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has now become the prime suspect in the double murder of two men at a night club from July 16, 21013. The Boston Globe reports that Hernandez became the target in the investigation following his arrest—indicating that Odin Lloyd may have had information about Hernandez’s involvement in the double murder.
It was also revealed by the Boston Globe that the motive behind Lloyd’s murder was that Hernandez was upset with Lloyd who was talking with people that gave him trouble.
Oh, the tangled webs we weave.
The investigation is still ongoing for both the Lloyd case and the double murder. Though, I must confess, I believe that based on the evidence already shared through the media about Hernandez’s home surveillance system capturing him leaving and returning his residence a handgun; his text message history; the tower information placing him at the murder site; and spent casings found in his rental car matching those from the scene, this charge will be tough to beat.
However, if the murder of Odin Lloyd was to prevent him from talking with officials about his knowledge of the double murder from July, and the authorities can put it together, we should never see Aaron Hernandez a free man ever again.
"...but that only puts Hernandez’s phone in the area and not him,”
One of the first things I would be doing is sending off whatever ballistics evidence may be present from the double-murder scene and comparing it to the evidence recovered in the Lloyd case.
I would also be checking the cell phone history and tower information to see if there were any historical text messages, emails, phone calls referencing the incident. Furthermore, subpoenaing records that may put Hernandez’s phone in the area geographically at the time of the murder would be crucial. And given that those murders only happened a few weeks ago, ample records will still be on file.
“Yeah, but that only puts Hernandez’s phone in the area and not him,” you say.
Correct! But good detectives will then analyze the historical calls and messaging leading up to and immediately following the incident and will interview those contacts to see who they spoke too. If they identify Hernandez, then you’ve been able to put the phone in his possession during the critical times leading up to and following the murders.
Until the investigators are able to develop the information we will have to wait and see if they are able to untangle this messy web of Aaron Hernandez.
Ken Lang is a former Baltimore area homicide detective and an award-winning author of several true crime books, including Walking Among the Dead, Standing In Death’s Shadow, and Death Comes Uninvited. In 2011, he was named one of 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading by The Author’s Show. He was recently awarded the 2013 DETC Famous Alumni of the Year. 2013 New York Times bestselling author Julia Spencer Fleming says, “Ken Lang is the real deal—a cop with chops!” Ken resides in North East, Maryland with his wife and three children. To learn more about his true crime books and upcoming crime novels please visit his website at www.kenlangstudios.com