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have all the latest results for you all night. that's it for me. for our international viewers, "cnn newsroom" is next. "downward spiral: inside the case against aaron hernandez" starts right now. he was the all american destined to be an all pro. >> he was projected to be one of the best tight ends of his generation. >> instead, aaron hernandez is an accused killer, first one murder charge. >> get the question all the time, do you think your boy did it? no, i don't want him to have done it, no. >> then. >> aaron hernandez fired a .38 caliber revolver multiple times. >> two more charges of murder. >> it was a brutal double homicide. >> how in the world did he get here? >> i think if he had had someone
at 16 when his dad died that could have guided him, he may have gone in a different direction. >> and how much further could he fall? tonight, downward spiral inside the case against aaron hernandez. it's a springtime saturday in new england patriot country, a perfect day for football. >> you wake up. >> one, two, three, hard work! >> mike branch coaches the boston bandits, a semi proteam. he remembers another day just like this. june 15th, 2013. something seemed out of place. >> a black suburban pulls up on my car. i said who is pulling in front of my car? >> in the driver's seat, bandit defensive end 27-year-old oden
lloyd. >> then i see a smile. >> branch thinks it's odd because lloyd doesn't own a car. >> i'm like whose car is this? >> branch has 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. >> oh, he said he was at the club with mr. hernandez and that they were partying and he had a good time and mr. hernandez spent a good amount of money. >> mr. hernandez is aaron hernandez, a $40 million rising star with the new england patriots. >> how much money? >> he said like 10 grand. >> 10 grand? in one night? >> that's what he said, yeah. >> when the club closes, the evening continues at an apartment the football player keeps near the patriot's stadium. oden lloyd's best buddies,
darrell hodge and darrell sweet say their friend wasn't normally a big partier, they know a different side of him. the friend they describe was passionate about football. >> whistle blows. he's coming full throttle. >> and family. >> definitely always took care of his moms and sisters. >> my brother and i were kind of like, i wouldn't say best friends, but, you know, as close as siblings can get. >> branch who also coached lloyd in high school didn't hesitate to give him advice as an adult, and an occasional reality check. >> at some point, we realized we're not going to the nfl, this is just going to be for fun. what i got to do to prepare myself for life? >> he says lloyd was doing landscaping while figuring out what next. >> i spoke to him about taking firefighter tests. >> lloyd also began dating
college student shayanna jenkins. she's the link between the young man that dreamed of the nfl and the all american who made it. >> what's your understanding of how they met? >> they were dating sisters. >> shaneah is the younger sister of shayanna mother of his little girl. >> happen by 13 years. >> former patriots running back kevin faulk is a friend of hernandez. he played with him for two and a half seasons. >> tight end in a receiver body that could play running back that could return punts, return kicks. >> but how close were the talented tight end and the struggling landscaper? >> how much do you know that they hung out together? >> really? just two different worlds. but he had one world, we got our world.
>> check out my new camera. >> on sunday, june 16th, father's day 2013, oden lloyd is cruising with his friends in that mysterious black suburban. >> we had the music playing, jamming to the music and stuff, laughing and talking and oden driving, got the one hand type driving like he's just having fun. later, we went to my aunt's house and was playing pool. >> move the table. move the ball. >> i seen odom make one of the most spectacular shots i've ever seen. >> in chance in hell. >> it was a good day? >> it was a great day. >> you got that? i hope y'all got that. >> a great day. >> and it was coming to an end after lloyd got a text from his job saying he had to work the next morning. >> then he got another text asking to hang out.
>> a text from hernandez. >> he had a text to let's have another great night. >> i take it there was a part of you man, you got to go to work the next day. >> go home. yeah, it's already like 9:00, 9:00ish. >> when you guys left each other, what do you remember saying to him? >> i'm going to see you later. >> little did he know, there would be no later. monday, june 17th, 5:37 p.m., lloyd's body is discovered by a jogger in north attleborough. here at the crime scene, investigators find his wallet, driver's license and five .45 caliber shell casings. they suspect he was shot in the back and finished off as he was laying face up in this secluded area of an industrial park. darrell hodge learns of the murder from lloyd's sister
olivia who calls him. >> i could hear her. >> did she say he's dead? >> in between the cries and the bawling, darrell, oden is dead. olivia, i'll be there in a minute. i got to the house. i got inside. like. >> and you saw his mom? did she say? >> darrell, who killed my son? do you say to that? i immediately fell to my knees, gave her a hug, wrapped my head around and mom, i don't know. i was like mom, i don't know. >> that night was tough for darrell sweet who was also at lloyd's home. >> i just went back and sat in my car. >> what were the questions in your head? >> who was he with? didn't know who he possibly
could have been with until i got the news of the text. >> shaquilla is lloyd's youngest sister. she sees him picked up from their house and driven away in the middle of the night, just before lloyd dies, police say he sends shakeela chilling text messages. at 3:07 a.m. he says you saw who i'm with. at 3:11 he texts again, texting hello. 3:19, shaquilla answers my phone was dead, who was that? 3: 22 am lloyd answers nfl and a minute later at 3:22 a.m., lloyd sends his very last text. just so you know. was he trying to leave a clue he was with hernandez?
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>> i would be still lifting with my bro. we would be trying to dunk. >> after a jogger finds oden lloyd's bullet riddled body, police quickly find their first pieces of evidence. distinctive tire tracks, lloyd's cell phone and keys for that black suburban he had been driving all weekend. police quickly learn it was rented by new england patriot aaron hernandez. over the next several days, investigators search his home and cars removing bags of possible evidence, including hernandez' 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 oden lloyd, hernandez is arrested. 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 without bail. >> and he's staying in jail. his attempts at bail denied. >> i think the commonwealth presented a case that circumstantial to be sure but very, very strong. >> hours after his arrest, the public hears the 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. >> that friend is earnest wallace in bristol, connecticut, more than 100 miles away. at 9:35, hernandez texts him again, get your butt up here. wallace is joined by carlos ortiz. both have criminal records. at about the same time, hernandez is also texting lloyd. i'm coming to grab that tonight. are you going to be around? i need that and we can step for a little again. when lloyd doesn't answer immediately, hernandez sends another text at 9:34. what up? lloyd answers at 9:37, all right, where? at 9:39 hernandez replies i don't know, it don't matter but i'm going to hit you when i'm that way. after midnight, surveillance stills released by authorities
show wallace and ortiz arriving at his home. outside the football player is holding what appears to be a gun and he's not happy. >> he makes a statement he's upset that he can't trust anyone anymore. the three of them departed the defendant's home at 1:12 in the morning in the silver nissan altima. >> 3:10 a.m. he's on camera at this gas station. >> the defendant bought gas, bought bubbilicious glum and rolling papers for marijuana. >> at 2:32 a.m., a camera captures the same altima pulling up to lloyd's home. lloyd gets inside. as they start driving, a sign of trouble. hernandez tells lloyd he doesn't trust him, angry about who he was talking to at the club where they partied friday night.
how do investors know about the conversation in the car? ortiz' sources say squeals during questioning. a string of security cameras at an industrial park pick up the altima as it is headed toward a secluded area. it's 3:23 and lloyd sends his sister the final text, he's with nfl adding just so you know. between 3:23 and 3:27, workers nearby tell police they hear gunshots. hernandez' home is only a half mile from the murder scene. at 3:29 a camera shows an altima pulling up in hernandez' driveway. only three people get out. odin lloyd is one of them. >> the defendant goes walking towards the house.
>> back inside the house, images show wallace then again with ortiz in a basement doorway with hernandez nearby and this, hernandez wearing white with a gun in his left hand. police, a law enforcement source says believe this is the murder weapon, a.45 caliber gun. it remains missing. >> they all then go down to the basement. once in the basement, the surveillance gets shut off. >> around 5:30 that evening, prosecutors say hernandez and his two friends show up here to return their rented nissan altima. the manager tells investigators hernandez offers her blue bubble gum, the same kind he bought at that gas station and now it's showing up in the returned rental, a long with a .45 caliber bullet casing.
the manager tosses the gum and bullet casing in a dumpster. police say the shell came from the same gun that fired the rounds at the murder scene. and they say tire impressions taken near the body match the kind of tires on the altima. hernandez' attorneys won't comment on the case, and all parties are muzzled by a gag order. for family and friends of oden lloyd, knowing some details helps, but they don't answer this question. >> why? that's the biggest question. why? you told us your number one olive garden dishes.
as aaron hernandez adjusts to life behind bars, charged with murder, yet another accusation of gun violence makes headlines. four months before oden lloyd is gunned down, the football player is at tootsies strip club in miami. a law enforcement source says hernandez drops about 10 grand that night. one of the men he's with, alexander bradley, prosecutors describe him as hernandez' former right-hand man. by morning, bradley is shot in the face, dumped out of a vehicle, and left for dead. still wearing his now blood soaked vip wristband from the club.
it happened here, an industrial park 65 miles north of the strip club in miami. it's 7:00 a.m. two men who work in that building hear a gunshot and tell police they rush outside and find the body of a bloody man lying in a fatal position just about here, according to a police report. one of the men asks the victim who shot you? bradley tells them he doesn't know. police retrieve this bullet fragment from his head, but bradley won't give them any details. >> when the police investigated this incident, alexander bradley didn't put the finger at hernandez. >> that changes when bradley sues claiming aaron hernandez cost him his right eye. bradley later tells prosecutors he was shot after hernandez felt disrespected during an argument over a missing cell phone. after bradley is shot,
prosecutors say hernandez gets a new right hand man, earnest wallace. >> this defendant is more commonly known by his nickname which is hobo. >> wallace has a long criminal history. he sells and uses drugs, including angel dust or pcp. he's not the on one. court documents show wallace eastside kick 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 would give oden lloyd money to buy marijuana. this picture, a stack of blunts is said to be made of marijuana said to be 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. >> that kind of behavior doesn't describe the aaron hernandez many remember growing up in connecticut where his family was celebrated as a local sports dynasty. >> i don't think there was another family that was more familiar in bristol. aaron was our golden boy. he had the family traits, his father and uncle were standout
athletes. >> his older bother dj was a sports hero, too. bob montgomery covers high school sports for the bristol press. >> aaron did track in audition to football he also did basketball. he was described in any sport he played as a man playing with children. >> he was just kind of goofy and fun. >> kind of had a baby face and all the teachers loved him. >> brad mcmillan and andrew played basketball with aaron beginning in middle school. >> he was twice the size of me. we were the same height but he was more athletic obviously. he practiced all the time. >> practiced because his father dennis pushed him, constantly. >> his father was pretty strict. i mean, he told me his father used to make him shoot 500 shots before he could play with friends. his dad clearly kept him anchored. i saw a closeness with them that i had never seen before.
there was something about dennis and aaron, the way they intertwined. it was just magic in my eyes. >> but in a heart beat, that closeness is gone. >> i was sitting in math class with another teammate, phone rang, teacher went to go pick up the phone and then she said you need to go up to the coach's room. coach walks in and says, dennis has passed away. >> dennis hernandez, aaron's father dies after routine hernia surgery. it hit 16-year-old aaron hard. >> he count stop the tears. >> felt uncomfortable to see him so hurt. i felt bad for him. >> that father son relationship comes up in conversations with the sheriff thomas hudson who runs the jail where hernandez is being jailed.
>> clearly at 16-year-olds old losing your father would be easy to follow into the lifestyle of following people that don't help you make the best choices. >> one choice he makes is to tattoo some of his dad's advice on his arms. >> this is a quote my father always used to give me, if it is to be, it is up to me. saying whatever i want my life to be is up to me to make it out that way. >> when it comes time to his his college pick, not even his brother dj can get him to join where their dad played, the university of connecticut. >> at first, he wouldn't talk to me but there are days saying it's our dream to play together, come on, please. >> but aaron stands firm believing his football career will sore in gator country. coming up, a promising college career overshadows by trouble off the field. et a hotel.
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florida. >> then i was kind of just bombed that he wasn't going to be on our basketball team. >> in january 2007, he joins the gators and star quarterback tim tebow. by april, still long before the gator's 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.
five months later in september, there is more trouble. this time a shooting near the university. it begins with young men snatching gold neck chains at a local club. there is an argument in the parking lot across the street. police report several uf football players are involved, including hernandez. >> i know hernandez was there. there was trouble. >> there was arguing loud. >> the suspected chain snatchers get into this man's car. his name is corey and doesn't want his face shown for fear of retribution. can you point out roughly where it was? moments after leaving the club, someone fires into corey's crown vic hitting him in the head. >> can you tell me and show me where is it that that bullet went? it came right about there? >> i can't imagine what he would
have felt that night. >> corey's aunt stephanie remembers he nearly died. >> his heart stopped a couple times. >> they had to take half of my skull to get the bullet out. i was in rehab and they helped me to walk again and talk again. >> police interview more than 20 people, and they try to question hernandez, but he's the on one who doesn't make a statement after invoking his right to counsel. at the time, his mother terry hernandez tells the orlando "sentinel" i know he was at the club but he never saw any shooting. it's still an open case, no one has ever been charged. both corey and his aunt stephanie have been trying to get to the truth for seven years. you've done a lot to try to get to the heart of what happened. what about going to the university of florida? >> i tried it. i was just told that they would
put the guys on curfew so that they could, i guess, less their activities in clubs and whatever. i would have like to seen more in depth questioning of those football players. >> citing privacy laws, the university of florida wouldn't discuss specifics how football players are disciplined. was he on a slippery slope? he was tearing up the field as a gator but some who knew him were worried, especially unsupervised away from the game. if you could keep him on one side, he would be fine one source put it, 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 at least once for using the drug. it's an issue that follows him
when he enters the draft his junior year. >> teams spend a lot of money on background checks to be sure this is somebody who will enter the nfl and stay out of trouble. >> how far back do they go? >> if you done something in middle school, they will go back and find somebody that was around that time and ask them. >> try to head off trouble before the draft, hernandez goes on the offensive writing a letter to the patriot's director of personnel. if you draft me as a member of the new england patriots he wrote, i will willfully submit to a bi weekly drug test throughout my rookie season. >> prior to the draft, hernandez was a player that could be a first-round pick and no later than a second round pick. >> with another selection, they go aaron hernandez. >> he ends up the 113th pick, passed over until the fourth round.
>> i have to believe that him following so far is a story of marijuana. there were questions raised in background checks about him that cased teams to say we'll downgrade him on our draft board. >> but during his first year with the patriots, he proves himself. >> there were questions that oh, he's too young to be in the league, he's not going to get belichick's system. he was able to debunk those by having a solid season. >> by the end of his second season, hernandez has star power. i thinking a five-year $40 million extension. >> you can't come here and act reckless and do your own stuff. i might have acted the way i want to act but you get changed by bill belichick's way. >> what no one knew at the time one month before he signs that deal, the football player parties at a boston club. that night, two young men are shot and killed after leaving that same club by a man driving a silver suv. is there a connection?
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it's a silver suv but in the life of aaron hernandez, it's much more. while searching his cousin's home for clues at odin lloyd's murder, police stumble on a toyota 4 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 the past 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? son daniel was killed in the drive-by shooting outside a boston nightclub with his friend
on july 16th, 2012. witnesses say two men in a silver suv with rhode island plates, pulls alongside the car, shots are fired. what do you miss the most about him? >> translator: we would hang out like brothers his father tells me. his son daniel was a police officer in cape verde and wanted to do the same work in the u.s. he spoke three languages and worked as a tour guide in cape verde. he had only been in the u.s. for six months. how much do you miss him? >> translator: losing a son his father says is like losing a hand. >> two grieving fathers searching for answers.
finding that suv and other tips leads to a stunning discovery. aaron hernandez scene on security video, police say, with another man, following him 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. >> how do you plead to this indictment? >> not guilty. >> he loaded outside the suv with a loaded resolve. the defendant fired five rounds from a .38 caliber into the victim's car. >> but why? >> daniel while dancing nearby accidentally bumped into the defendant causing the defendant's drink to partially spill.
>> the motive prosecutors say is nothing more than a spilled drink by a complete stranger. >> the defendant told his friend that he had deliberately bumped him and was quote trying him. >> court documents identify the friend with hernandez that night as alexander bradley, the same alexander bradley who says hernandez later shot out his right eye because the football player felt disrespected during 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? cnn has learned prosecutors believe that behavior is what led to odin lloyd's murder. a source with knowledge of the investigation says the night they were at this club, hernandez gets angry when he sees lloyd talking with two men.
and angry again later at hernandez' apartment when lloyd gets a look at guns and ammo kept there. it's unclear exactly what ticks him off that night. the source will only say it's as trivial as that spilled drink allegedly behind the double-murder. >> motive does not have to be proven. >> he's a former massachusetts district attorney and federal prosecutor. >> juries like motive. juries want to know why someone did something, especially when they have done something alleged to be as heinous as this was. >> a motive no matter how trivial would make the state's case stronger. prosecutors have already bolstered the case by upgrading the charges against ortiz and wallace to murder. >> how do you plead? >> not guilty.
>> not guilty. >> charging of carlos ortiz and earnest wallace for murder really signals there will be a joint venture murder prosecution where anyone who actively participates in the murder can be held guilty for the murder. >> that would mean hernandez could be convicted of murder, even if prosecutors can't prove he fired the gun, but none of this makes the case rock solid. it still has holes. >> there remains no murder weapon. >> conviction without a gun is more difficult. still ahead, even a jail cell can't keep aaron hernandez from getting into more trouble. at od, whatever business you're in, that's the business we're in
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>> at every pretrial hearing, she is surrounded by family, hangs on every word. >> mr. hernandez's right to fair trial. >> but the justice she seeks is still a long way off. a trial date is pencilled in for october, but it might start much later. >> one plausible timetable is that the aaron hernandez case for the murder of odin lloyd goes to trial some time in the summer or spring of 2015. >> the football star spends his days waiting alone in a 7 by 10-foot cell. trying to keep him in line -- >> i've talked to him at length there is a warmth within this person. >> what went wrong? >> learned behaviors and the environment that people grow up have an incredible influence on who we become. >> sheriff thomas hodgson believes in modifying behavior behind bars.
he says inmate number 174954 is reading the bible. and another book he suggested. >> i got him reading "tuesdays with morrie." >> it examines how to create a centered, meaningful life. >> he was clearly moved by the book. he called his mother and told her she needs to read. >> the sheriff tells hernandez he needs to find his anchor by turning to his childhood anchor, his late dad. >> you ever be able to get back to the place you feel comfortable and safe in. and that's only if you go back and talk to your father. go back to your cell and talk to your father. >> what did he think about that advice? >> what i seen every so offer often, hey, did you do what i asked you? no, but i'm getting there. i think at this point he's got a picture that he didn't have
before, his dad's picture. >> a photograph of his late father in his cell. >> it's not as bad now that i'm not playing. >> retired patriot running back faulk hasn't given up on his ex-team mate. >> i want to tell him he has somebody on his side that is praying for him. >> prosecutors are saying that he orchestrated the execution of someone. >> you're not going to make me believe that he is a monster because you used those type of words. >> not even two more murder charges in the so-called spilled drink case have changed faulk's opinion of the player he knew. >> i get the question all the time 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. at the same time, anybody can be pushed to do something drastic like that, if they push you to that point. >> even behind bar, trouble continues to follow faulk's former teammate. after trash talk with another inmate, that man's lawyer says
hernandez got some punches in. it got physical, didn't it? >> no question it was a physical altercation, absolutely. >> hernandez is now charged with assault in that fight. that's on top of the three murder charges, a lawsuit claiming hernandez shot a friend in the face, three civil suits from the families of his alleged victims, and according to sources, a federal gun trafficking investigation. as for the odin lloyd case -- >> i think the odds are likely that aaron hernandez will be convicted. do i believe that it's a slam-dunk? no. >> the ex-patriots lawyers contend the circumstantial evidence so far is full of gaps. >> there is certainly a lot of what i would call smoke there is no doubt about it. but that's not probable cause that he committed murder. and you can't just throw a bunch
of stuff against the wall and say that's good enough. >> all rise. >> hernandez's lawyers and mother declined our request for an interview, but predict he'll be cleared. >> we're confident that aaron is going to be exonerated, and that when witnesses have to testify, that a jury of aaron's peers will find that he is not guilty, and in fact had no part in the killing of odin lloyd. >> however, an interesting twist mid-june. hernandez's lawyers asked a judge to issue a subpoena for the new england patriots. the defense wants medical records that, quote may bear upon hernandez days mental state at the time of lloyd's murder. it's an indication his attorneys may be considering what is called a diminished capacity defense, arguing hernandez is less capable of knowing right from wrong.
>> eternal rest grant unto him. >> days after what would have been odin lloyd's 28th birthday, family and friends come together for the unveiling of number 53's headstone. >> i don't know if anything can really heal me right now. he was the love of my life. >> in loving memory of odin lloyd, our son or brother, amen. >> and you still talk to him? >> yeah. >> what do you say? >> i miss him. i love him, miss him. >> no matter what the outcome is, we still lose at the end of the day, even if you get justice. do you really come out a winner? i don't think so. >> do you think there is a chance that aaron hernandez may be found not guilty? >> that's my biggest fear. because all it takes is one
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