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judge and jury. how many people thought dave ramsey and smerconish were the same? two handsome guys. what can i tell you. see you next week. he was a rising nfl star racing toward greatness. >> what's the meaning on your forearm? >> then their unlikely paths cross. >> i know. i am sorry mom, but your son was shot and killed. >> tonight, the evidence. >> he said he was innocent. >> he is charged with murder.
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>> the verdict. >> what do you say madam foreperson? >> and then the big question. >> anything you want to ask aaron hernandez yourself? >> why? >> tonight, downward spiral inside the case against aaron hernandez. it's a springtime saturday in new england country, a perfect day for football. >> you wake up and your adrenaline is going. >> a block down. >> mike branch coaches the boston bandits, a semipro team, and he remembers another day just like this. june 15th, 2013. something seemed out of place.
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in the driver's seat, bandit defensive end, 27-year-old oden lloyd. >> i see him smile. >> branch thinks it's odd because lloyd doesn't own a car. >> i am like, whose car is this? >> branch has his suspicions but never gets a straight answer. lloyd is busy telling his buddies about the good time he had at a club the night before. >> he said he was at the club with mr. hernandez and that they were partying and he had a good time. >> mr. hernandez is aaron hernandez, a $40 million rising star with the new england patriots. oden lloyd's best buddies, darryl hodge and darryl sweet say their friend was not normally a big partier, and they know a different side of him. the friend they describe was passionate about football.
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>> he's coming full thaulgts. >> and family. >> definitely took care of his mom and sisters. >> my baby was one of the most loving and caring young man you could ever think of. >> in and outs. you know what i am talking about? >> branch, who also coached lloyd in high school didn't hesitate to give him advice as an adult, and an occasional aa reality check. >> at some point, what am i going to do -- >> he said lloyd was doing landscaping while figuring out what next. >> i explained to him about taking firefighter tests. >> and he also began dating a student, the young man with a
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link between the man who made it. >> the younger sister was engaged to hernandez and mother of his little girl. but how close were the talented tight end and the struggling landscaper? >> how much do you know that they hung out together? >> really? it was two different worlds. buddy had one world and we got our world. >> on sunday, june 16th, father's day, 2013, oden lloyd is cruising with his friends in the mysterious black suburban. >> we were riding and jamming to the music and stuff and laughing and talking and oden driving and the one-hand type of driving, just having fun. later, we went to my aunt's house and was playing pool.
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i have seen odom make one of the most spectacular shots i ever had seen. >> it was a good day? >> it was a great day. a great day. >> it was coming to an end, after lloyd got a texts from his job saying he had to work the next morning. >> he had another text asking him to hangout. >> a text from hernandez. >> he got a text, let's have another great night. >> there was a part of you that thought you have to go to work the next day -- >> go home. it's already like, 9:00, 9:00ish. >> when you left each other, what do you remember saying to him? >> see you later. >> little did he know there would be no later. the next night, monday, june 17th, 5:37 p.m., lloyd's body is discovered by a jogger in north
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at aborough, 35 miles south of where he lives. here at the crime scene investigators find his wallet and driver's license and .545 caliber cell casings and they suspect he was first shot in the back and then finished off as he was lying face up in the su included area of industrial park. >> i don't even remember when the police came to the house. i said, is my son okay? and i know i heard, i'm sorry, mom. your son was shot and killed. my heart stopped. my heart stopped that second and i fell to the floor.
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>> darryl hodge learns of the murder from lloyd's sister, olivia, who calls him. >> i could hear. >> did she say he's dead? >> in between the cries and the bawling, darryl, oden is dead, and i said, olivia, i'll be there in a minute and i got to the house and got inside. >> you saw his mom? >> yeah. >> what did you say? >> the first thing i asked, who killed my son? >> what do you say to that. i fell to my knees and gave her a hug, and i said i don't know. i was like, i don't know. >> that night was tough for darryl sweet, who was also at lloyd's home. >> what were the questions in your head? >> who was he with. who he possibly could have been
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with. >> this is lloyd's youngest sister and she sees him picked up from their house and driven away in the middle of the night, and just before lloyd dies, he sends her chilling text messages. at 3:07 a.m., lloyd asked, you saw who i'm with? at 3:11, he checks in again, texting "hello." at 3:19, my phone was dead. who was that? and lloyd answers, nfl, and a minute later at 3:23 a.m., lloyd sends his very last text. just so you know. hours later, shaquillea makes a
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for darryl hodge, going to the gym, it means lifting weights, and he is also carrying one, trying to understand why somebody killed his best friend, oden lloyd. >> i should still be lifting with my bro, and still be trying to dunk. >> after a jogger finds lloyd's bullet-ridden body the police find their first piece of evidence, distinctive tire tracks and keys for the black suburban he had been driving all weekend. police quickly learn it was rented by new england patriot, aaron hernandez.
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over the next several days, investigators search his home and cars, removing bags of possible evidence, including hernandez's cell phone, but a law enforcement source says it's badly cracked, possibly intentionally, before it was handed over. june 26th, 2013, nine days after the murder of odin lloyd, hernandez is arreste the charges, first-degree premeditated murder and having illegal weapons. his plea? >> not guilty. >> and he's no longer a new england patriot. >> i and other members of the organization were shocked and disappointed. >> hernandez is canned before he reaches the courthouse. >> mr. hernandez is charged with a very serious crime, but that shouldn't be enough to hold him without bail. >> and he's staying in jail. his attempts at bail denied. >> i think the commonwealth presented a case that's circumstantial to be sure, but very, very strong.
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>> hours after his arrest, the public hears those details for the first time. 9:02 p.m. father's day, june 16th. >> the defendant had sent a text message to a friend of his who was out of state, "please make it back." a law enforcement source says hernandez drops about 10 grand that night, and one of the men he is with, alexander bradley, and they describe him as hernandez's former right-hand man. by morning, bradley is shot in the face and dumped out of a vehicle and left for dead, still wearing his now blood-soaked vip wrist band from the club.
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it happened here, an industrial park 65 miles north of tootsie's strip club in miami. it's 7:00 a.m. two men who work in that . >> this defendant is more commonly known by his nickname, which is hobo. >> wallace has a long criminal history. prosecutors say he sells and uses drugs, including the hallucinogen angel dust or pcp. he's not the on one. court documents show wallace's sidekick, carlos ortiz, admits he's regularly abusing pcp, alcohol and thc, pot. sources tell cnn aaron hernandez also smoked a lot of pot, one calling it a boat load. prosecutors say the tight end
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would give odin lloyd money to buy marijuana. cnn obtained his photograph of a stack of blunts, said to be made of marijuana supplied by hernandez. sources tell cnn aaron hernandez also used angel dust and that could have made him paranoid. one says he felt he was a target, that people were coming after him. >> the combination of those drugs, depending on the long-term use of the drugs and the amount of drugs could cause someone to become violent, could cause someone to become very paranoid, could cause someone to overreact to a situation, appear to be more impulsive. >> his one-time buddy, bradley, describes odd behavior. >> he said he was being followed. >> that kind of behavior doesn't describe the aaron hernandez many remember growing up in bristol, connecticut, where his family was celebrated as a local sports dynasty.
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>> aaron was our golden boy. he had the family traits, and his father and uncle were standout athletes. >> his older brother, dj, was a sports hero, too. bob montgomery covers high school sports for "the bristol press." >> aaron did track, in addition to football, and he also did basketball. he was described in any sport he played as a man playing with children. >> he practiced, like all the time. >> practiced, because his father, dennis, pushed him constantly. >> his father was pretty strict. he told me his father would make him shoot 500 shots before he would go to play with his friends. his dad kept him anchors. >> i saw a closeness with him
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as a junior in high school, herron hernandez is a sports hero, tearing up the football field, track and the basketball court. but then the 16-year-old's world crumbles. >> the coach walks in and he says, dennis has passed away. >> dennis hernandez, aaron's father, his anchor, dies after routine hernia surgery. >> he was just sad. he couldn't stop the tears. >> felt uncomfortable to see him
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hurt so bad. >> that comes up in conversations with the sheriff after hernandez was arrested. >> clearly at 16 years old, losing your father it would be very easy to fall into the lifestyle of following the people that don't help you make the best choices. >> one choice he makes is to tattoo some of his father's advice on his arms. >> basically saying whatever i want my life to be, it's up to me to make it that way. >> when it comes time to make his way to college, he takes a pass on his father's school, the university of connecticut, despite pleas from his brother, d.j., who plays there. >> at first, he wouldn't even talk to me, but there are days he would say, it's our dream to play together, come on, please. >> but aaron stands firm, believing his football career
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will soar in gator country. in january of 2007, he cuts his high school senior year in half and heads to the university of florida, joining star quarterback, tim tebow. by april, still long before the gators season opener, there is trouble off the field. the rookie teen loses his cool at this popular off-campus restaurant. there is an argument between aaron hernandez and the manager over a bill. tim tebow tries to calm things down and settle the check, but according to this police report, it all ends with aaron hernandez sucker-punching the manager on the left side of his head, bursting an eardrum. the manager later tells police, university of florida coaches and lawyers have contacted him, and they are working on an agreement. a university spokesman says they are not aware of any settlement.
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was hernandez on a slippery slope. he was tearing up the field as a gator, but some who knew him were worried, especially when he was unsupervised away from the game. if you could keep him on one side, he would be fine, one source put it, and the problem was he couldn't stay away from the other side, adding it was a recipe for disaster. and it was a recipe that included marijuana. hernandez was suspended for using the drug. it's an issue that follows him when he enters the draft his junior year.
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prior to the draft, aaron hernandez was projected as a player that could be a first round trick and no later than a second-round pick. >> he ends up the 113th pick, passed over until the fourth round. >> i have to believe that him falling so far is more than just a story about marijuana, that there were questions raised and background checks about him that caused teams to say we are going to downgrade him on our draft board. >> during his first year with the patriots, he proves himself. >> tight end that can play running back and return punts and kicks. >> that talent gets the 22-year-old a five-year $40 million extension. >> you can't come here and act reckless and do your own stuff, and i may have acted the way i wanted to act, but you get
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it's a silver suv, but in the life of aaron hernandez, it's much more. in june of 2013, while searching his cousin's home for clues in odin lloyd's murder, police stumble on a toyota four-runner. it's in a garage and it belongs to a leasing company who loaned it to the patriot tight end in exchange for promotional work. for a year, boston police have been looking for an suv linked to an unsolved double murder. this appears to be it. >> how difficult has this loss been for you, sir, as a father? >> um -- >> his son daniel was killed in
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that drive-by shooting outside a boston nightclub, along with his friend safiro furtado on july 16th, 2012. witnesses say, two men in a silver suv with rhode island plates pulls alongside the car, shots are fired. finding that suv and other tips leads to a stunning discovery. aaron hernandez, seen on security video, police say, with another man, following furtado into that nightclub and stalking them in a silver suv after they leave. almost a year after he's charged with odin lloyd's murder -- >> aaron hernandez, please rise. >> -- aaron hernandez is indicted for the murders of those two young men.
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>> how do you plead in this indictment? >> not guilty. >> the defendant leaned out of the driver's side window of the suv, with a loaded revolver in his hand, extended out, the defendant immediately fired at least five rounds from a 38 caliber resolver into the victims' car. >> but why? >> daniel de abreu bumped into the defendant, causing the defendant's drink to spill. >> the motive, prosecutors say, is nothing more than a spilled drink by a complete stranger. >> the defendant told his friend that mr. de abreu had deliberately bumped him and was, quote, trying him. >> prosecutors identify the friend with hernandez last night as alexander hernandez, the same hernandez later shot out his right eye, because the football player felt disrespected during
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an argument over a cell phone. all leading to a key question, do those two violent acts suggest a dangerous pattern of behavior driven by paranoia? eight months into the case, the state adds murder charges against the two men with hernandez the night odin lloyd is killed. >> how do you plead? >> not guilty. >> this is what you call a joint murder prosecution, where anybody that actively participates in the murder can be held guilty for the murder. >> it means hernandez can be found guilty of murder even if it's unclear who fired the gun. ahead, videotape, tire tracks, gun shells, but no gun. aaron hernandez' first murder
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every day is a struggle. >> mommy is here to see you again. i love you. i miss you so much, sweetie. she attends every pretrial hearing, hangs on every word. >> i am my son's voice. >> and on january 29th, 2015, more than 19 months after her son's murder -- >> ladies and gentlemen, on june 16th of 2013 -- >> she is front and center when aaron hernandez goes on trial. >> i have every confident in the
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prosecutors, but without the weapon or eyewitnesses -- >> it's going to prove to you if the defendant committed the crime of murder. >> the murder plot is in full swing as he gets high and goes out drinking on the evening of june 16th, 2013. father's day. >> he summoned his friends from connecticut to massachusetts. >> it says "hurry your ass up." >> the same time he is texting lloyd to arrange a meeting. >> i am coming to grab that tonight.
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>> lloyd agrees to meet. he types, all right, where? after midnight, cameras show wallace and his sidekick, carlos ortiz, arriving at hernandez' home. when hernandez returns at 1:00 a.m., video shows him insidewai walking through his house with what appears to be a gun. >> in this photo, you begin to see the outline of a firearm. >> at 1:12 a.m., the men drive away in a rented nissan altima. at 2:10 a.m., they are headed toward odin lloyd's house when they stop at a gas station. >> he went to buy gun. >> outside, hernandez is seen pumping his arms in the air, apparently feeling good.
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about 20 minutes later, right after a black cat walks nearby, odin lloyd's sister sees an altima pull up in front of their home. >> tell us what you saw of the car? >> the car stopped and it drove away. >> at that time did your brother get in the car? >> yes. >> cell towers and a toll booth camera track the car as it travels towards a secluded area of an industrial park. at 3:22 a.m., lloyd's sister gets a final message from him, telling her he's with nfl, just so you know. but the jury never sees or hears that message. the judge bars the details, ruling what lloyd wrote is not proof he thought he was going to die. as lloyd sends that message, headlights in the upper left of this video can be seen pulling
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into the unlit section of the industrial park. prosecutors say it's the altima. for the next three minutes and 40 seconds, there is no movement on the screen. >> what in jesus name was my son going through at that moment? >> then headlights reemerge, the time in between, prosecutors say, is when lloyd is shot dead. around that same time employees walking the overnight shift at the industrial park are jolted. >> i heard a loud bang maybe three or four times. i thought it was fireworks. >> it was about six or eight loud sounds. >> hernandez' home is just a half mile from the murder scene. minutes later, at 3:29, the altima pulls up in hernandez'
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driveway and three people get out, and odin lloyd isn't one of them. jurors see video of the crime scene, and odin lloyd's bullet-riddled body. a lab scientists shows jurors lloyd's shirt with bullet holes and blood. an investigator testifies that impressions he made of the altima tires match tracks found at the scene. >> did you show the jury the overlay? >> after hernandez returns the rented altima, the afternoon of the murder, the manager on duty makes a startling discovery. >> i found a piece of chewed blue gum, and i looked up and saw what i thought was a bullet. >> that's the type of gum purchased by hernandez hours
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earlier, and it's not a bullet she finds, but a shell casing. a ballistics expert testified that casing matches five others found at the murder scene. >> they were fired from the same unknown weapon capable of chambering .45 caliber ammunition. it's consistent from having been fired from a glock. >> that's the type of gun a employee hernandez is carrying when he returns home minutes afterward. >> the firearm shown in the stills is a glock weapon. >> and the murder weapon that was in hernandez' house that night was never found and they suspect it's a box inside this bag, and that's hernandez'
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fiance, and she testified she doesn't know what is in the box and gets rid of it after hernandez called her and asked her to ditch it. >> what did you do with it? >> i disposed of it. >> when you say you disposed of it, where did you dispose of it? >> in a dumpster. >> where was the dumpster? >> i don't know. >> she suggests she can't remember because of the stress she was under. the prosecution surprises jurors with a show-stopping witness. >> he said he was not involved, that he was innocent. >> patriot's owner robert kraft meets privately with hernandez two days after lloyd's murder, and kraft testifies his star tight end claims he had an alibi. >> what did he say about wanting or hoping for the time of the homicide to be revealed? >> my recollection is that he said that he hoped that the time
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of the event came out because he was in a club. >> yet back then, lloyd's time of death had not been announced. if hernandez knew the time of the murder, wouldn't he have to know something that had not yet been made public? why would hernandez kill odin lloyd? prosecutors suggests the motive involved some sort of falling out between hernandez and lloyd two nights earlier, when the men were at a boston nightclub. >> hernandez stormed out of the club and he looked angry. >> but angry about what? ahead -- a verdict. >> four in the car and three came back to the house.
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>> if aaron planned in advance to murder odin lloyd, why would he do so in his own town? >> as the odin lloyd murder trial heads toward a verdict, aaron hernandez is still getting support from a former teammate, retired patriot kevin faulk. >> get the question all the time. do you think your boy did it? no, i don't want him to have done it, no. so if you want me to say no, no, i don't think he did it. >> aaron hernandez, as we sit here today -- >> hernandez gets a solid defense inside court, too. >> aaron hernandez is an innocent man. the evidence will show the investigation was sloppy and unprofessional. >> one of the photographs you took -- >> during nearly every cross-examination, his lawyers tried to raise reasonable doubt by questioning the competence of investigators.
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>> did sergeant baker climb inside the dumpster? >> yes, de. >> and he started throwing stuff from the inside of the dumpster into the bed of his pickup truck, right? >> stuff was being handed out, and it was being placed. >> washas anyone ever taught yoo collect evidence that way, sir? >> no. >> the gum and shell casing are found clumped together inside a piece of paper. but that's not how they're tested. >> were you ever told when you conducted this testing that the casing had been attached to a piece of chewed blue bubble gum? >> not at the time i did my testing. >> she does find a partial dna match for hernandez's dna on the shell casing. but the defense argues it got there from the gum. >> would you agree with me, ms. biagiotti, that there is a high likelihood that the dna on the chewed blue chewing gum
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would be transferred to that shell casing that was attached to it? >> objection, your honor. >> overruled. >> yes, i would agree with that. >> and remember the glock employee who tests hernandez is holding a glock in his hand? hernandez's attorney jamie sultan does his best to discredit that identification, getting the man to admit he's not an expert at identifying guns and that he wanted to help police. >> did it occur to you that it would help the prosecution try to convict aaron hernandez if you testified that, in your opinion, what was in his hand was a glock? >> yes. >> the defense tries to chip away at the prosecution's contention that the murder weapon was inside this trash bag. >> as you were taking that box out, did you smell anything? >> i did.
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>> what did you recognize that smell to be? >> marijuana. >> how were they acting? >> and the defense tries to shift blame to co-defendants earnest wallace and carlos ortiz, suggesting they were high on pcp the night of the murder. and they were the shooters. this witness says the men she knows as bo and charlie boy use angel dust, making them sweat and act crazy. >> they were just real jittery, sweating. >> did he make all the right choices? no. >> in closing arguments, hernandez' lawyer makes a final plea. >> he was a 23-year-old kid who witnessed something committed by someone he knew. he's charged with murder, and that he did not do. >> jurors get the case on april 5, 2015.
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a week later -- >> what say you, madam foreperson? >> guilty of murder in the first degree. >> -- aaron hernandez is found guilty of murdering odin lloyd. his mother and fiancee weep, but he shows no visib reaction. >> i raised my hand and said, thank you, jesus. my baby can finally rest in peace. >> we came to the conclusion that he did have a part in it. >> jurors tell cnn their decision wasn't easy, but, for them, the circumstantial evidence was convincing. >> aaron was the only one who knew where he lived, who drove the car, who drove home. they got out of the car. we saw the video. like nothing happened. four of them were in the car. three of them came back to the house. it's horrible.
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>> they believe aaron hernandez killed odin lloyd, but they still have a big unanswered question. >> is there anything that, if you had the chance, you would want to ask aaron hernandez yourself? >> why. >> why did you do it? >> but why never had to be proven. people continue to ask, this is a young man who had it all, why would he do something like this? >> just by the fact that you have money and opportunity does not mean that you have character. so, yes, he had a lot, but he didn't have it all. >> nor the victim's mother says, did he have much feeling for her pain when the jury wasn't around. >> i felt like he was taunting me. why would you be always looking at the victim's mother? and smiling? >> he smiled at you. >> he smiled. he kept laughing, you know.
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sometimes he would roll his eyes at me. feeled like i wanted to strangle him. honestly. he take my baby's life. behaving like his life doesn't matter. >> anything you would say to him now? >> there's nothing to say to him. >> there is plenty of opportunity for that. aaron hernandez is now serving life behind bars. the next time he will see the outside world will be for his second murder trial. >> in loving memory of odin llo lloyd, our son, our brother, amen. >> i got justice. the way god said it's supposed to happen. >> we love you, odin!
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