Photos show Hernandez apparently holding gun

McClatchy news servicesJuly 26, 2013 

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is holding what authorities have said is a gun in several surveillance photos that were released Thursday and had been recorded hours before — and minutes after — his friend was shot to death.

The photos, taken from Hernandez’s home surveillance system, are in more than 100 pages of court records released by Attleboro (Mass.) District Court. Prosecutors had described the photos in court and in affidavits, but this was the public’s first look at images showing Hernandez holding a gun before and after the killing.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, 27, whose body was found June 17 about a mile from Hernandez’s home. Lloyd was shot five times.

Four pictures show Hernandez in his basement holding a gun shortly after Lloyd was killed, an affidavit says. Two other photos show what authorities say is Hernandez in his living room, a few hours before Lloyd’s killing, also holding what they say is a gun.

Authorities believe Lloyd was killed with a .45-caliber Glock, which they said hasn’t been recovered. Prosecutors have said that a gun Hernandez is seen holding in the surveillance appears to be a Glock.

Speaking at length for the first time since Hernandez’s arrest, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said the team has had a “challenging offseason” and that it must work hard to “re-establish what we’re all about.”

The University of Florida, where Hernandez played in college, said it is removing all references to him in and around the stadium in Gainesville. The University Athletic Association said in a statement it “didn’t feel it was appropriate to celebrate” the former Gator.

BIG BUCKS FOR RYAN

Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension.

A person familiar with the contract extension said it is worth $103.75 million, with $59 million guaranteed.

“I’ve always not worried about the business side of it,” said Ryan, who was entering the sixth and final season of his original rookie contract. “I really think as a player, if you’re hung up or worried about that or thinking about all those things, you’re taking away from what you should be doing.”

$2 MILLION MISTAKE

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown missed out on a $2 million escalator in his contract after he chose not to participate in the team’s offseason workouts.

Brown, who worked out on his own this offseason, said he learned of it via Twitter because he didn’t know about that clause in the deal. He then fired agent Brian Overstreet for the mistake.

Brown said he wasn’t sure he could work out a compromise with the team over even a portion of that money.

“Hope for the best,” he said. “Pray for me.”

EXTRA POINTS

The Cardinals added a pair of veterans, agreeing to a one-year deal with offensive tackle Eric Winston and a two-year contract with outside linebacker John Abraham. Arizona’s sixth-round draft pick, wide receiver Ryan Swope, retired because of concussion issues. … The Texans placed running back Arian Foster and safety Ed Reed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. … The Bears signed veteran defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson to a one-year contract after defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis decided to retire. … Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker, who is from Kennewick, is out four to five months after surgery on his right knee. … The Colts cut tight end Weslye Saunders, who last week was suspended by the NFL for eight games for violating the performance enhancing drugs policy. … Cowboys Stadium will be renamed AT&T Stadium.

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