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again. tonight, aaron hernandez. he was a rising nfl star racing toward greatness. >> what is the meaning? >> it is up to me, basically saying my life is up to my hands. it is up to mee to make it that way. >> the question now, what sort of life did the expatriot make for himself? >> he want today be the best. >> but he is accused of the worst. >> not guilty. >> why would a football player, a highly successful affluent popular football player be a
murder? >> as the nfl strugglings to deal with issues of abuse and violence, hernandez goes on trial for murder. what will his jury hear? who might they hear from? and how could it all end? >> is there a chance that aaron hernandez may be found not guilty? downward spiral: inside the case against aaron hernandez. it will be unliking in fall river, massachusetts has ever seen as the trial of aaron hernandez finally begins. four months now lawyers in the case have been arguing about evidence. >> if you have a warrant, a
person will turn it over. >> talking about what they can put on to prove their case. >> including cell phones. >> the court should grant the motion. >> text messages. >> totally inoccous. >> it has now been 18 months since the murder that hernandez is accused of committing. a murder that happened right here in the middle of new england patriots country. where football is a passion. and where saturday mornings are the perfect time to play. >> you wake up and your adrenaline is going. >> locked down -- >> mike branch coaches the boston bandits, a semi-pro team. he remembers june 15th, 2013
like it was yesterday. something seemed out of place. >> a black cars right in front of my car. in the driver seat, 27-year-old owen lloyd. >> i see a smile. >> he thinks it's od because lloyd doesn't own a car. >> i'm like whose car is this? grant says he is suspicious, but he never gets a straight answer. lloyd is busy telling his buddies about the good time he had at a club the night before. police say they are partying. they had a good time, and that mr. her nan dnandez is with the. it is a $40 million rising star with the new england patriots. >> how much money? >> like $10,000. >> in one night? >> that's what he said, yeah.
>> owen lloyd's best buddies darrell hodge and darrell sweet say their friend was not a big partier, a friend they say was passionate about football. >> he is coming full throttle. >> and family. >> his mom and his sisters -- >> my brother and i were kind of -- i would not say best friends, but as close as siblings can get. >> branch who coached lloyd in high school didn't hesitate to give him advice as an adult and an occasional reality check. >> at some point, i realized i'm not going to the nfl, this is just for fun. i have to start preparing myself a life. >> he says that lloyd was doing landscaping and figuring out what next. >> i spoke to him about taking a
firefighter test. >> lloyd started dated a college student, shenia jenkins. she is the link. >> what is your understanding of how they met? >> they were dating sisters. >> shenia is the younger sister of shinia. but how close were the talented tight end and the struggling landscaper. >> how much do you know that they hung out together? >> it was two different worlds. he had one world and we have our world. >> on sunday, june 16th, father's day 2013, oden lloyd is cruising with his friends in that mysterious black sue bubur.
we had music going, driving, one hand type driving, and just having fun. we when to my aunts house and we were playing pool later. i saw oden make one of the most spectacular shots i have ever seen. >> it was a good day? it was a great day. >> you 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. >> a text eluded to just let's have another great night. >> a part of you thought man, you have to go to work the next day. go home. it is already like 9:00. >> so 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 35 miles south of where he lives. >> here at the crime scene, investigators find oden lloyd's wallet, driver's license, and five shell casings. he was first shot in the back and finished lying on his back facing up. >> darrell hodge learning of the murder from his sister lydia who calls him. >> did she say he is dead? >> in between the cries, she said owen is dead.
i got to the house, got inside -- >> and you saw his mom, what did she say? >> darrell killed my son. what do you say to that? i wrapped my hand around her and i said i don't know. i just don't know. >> that night was stuff for daryle sweet who was also at lloyd's home. >> i just went back there and sat in my car. sweet who was al lloyd's home. >> i just went back there and sat in my car. >> what were the questions in your head? >> who was he with? who he could have been with. and i got the news from a test. >> shaquila is lloyd's younger sister. she saw him picked up at their house and driven away earlier
that night. just before lloyd dies, police say he sends shaquila chilling text messages at 3:07 a.m. lloyd asks you saw who i'm with? at 3:11, he text again saying hello? 3:19, shequila says my phone was dead, who is that? and lloyd answers nfl. a minute later at 3:23 a.m., he sends his very last text. just so you know. >> he knew something was going down. >> but what was going down and why? >> still ahead, will a jury ever see that final text? not if the defense can help it. >> these messages do not suggest
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for darrell hoj, going to the gym means lifting weights, but also carrying one. >> i started lifting with my bro.gym means lifting weights, also carrying one. >> i started lifting with my brthe gym means lifting weights but also carrying one. >> i started lifting with my bro. after a jogger finds oden
lloyd's body, police start to fi find evidence. the vehicle was rented by aaron hernandez. over the next several days, investigators search his home and cars removing bags of possible evidence. june 26th, 2013. nine days after the murder of oden lloyd. hernandez is arrested. the charges are first degree premeditated murder and having illegal weapons. >> his plea? >> and he is no longer a new england patriot. >> i and other members of the
organization were shocked and disappointed. >> hernandez is canned before he gets to the courthouse. >> he is charged with a very serious crime. >> he is staying in jail. his attempts at bail have been denied. >> i think the commonwealth presented a case that is circumstantial to be sure, but very strong. >> the public hears the details for the first time. 9:02 p.m., father's day, june 16th. >> the defendant shot a text message to his friend who is out of state, please make it back. >> that friend is ernest wallace in bristol, connecticut, more than 100 miles away. at 9:35, hernandez texts him
again. get your ass up here. at 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 could step for a little again. when lloyd doesn't answer immediately hernandez sends another text at 9:34. lloyd answers at 9:37, all right, where? at 9:39, he says i don't know, it don't matter but i'm going to hit you when i'm that way. >> surveillance videos show wallace and ortiz arriving at hernandez's home. he is apparently holding a gun and he is not happy. >> he says he is upset he can't trust anyone any more.
they depart in a silver nissan altima. he is on camera at this gas station. he gets blue bubble gum and rolling papers for marijuana. at 2:22 a.m., the same altima pulls up to lloyd's home. 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 investigators know about the conversation in the car? ortiz, sources say, squeals during questioning. at 3:22 a.m., a string of security cameras at an industrial part pick up the
altima as it goes to a secluded area. >> it is now 3:23 and lloyd sends his wife the final message saying nfl, just so you know. >> at 3:27, workers near by say they hear gunshots. hernandez's home is only a half mile from the murder scene. at 3:29, an altima is pulling up in hernandez's driveway. only three people get out, oden lloyd is not one of them. back inside the house, images show wallace, then again with ortiz in a basement door way with hernandez near by. hernandez is wearing white with a gun in his left hand. police believe this is the murder weapon.
a .45 caliber gun. it remains missing. and they all 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 says hernandez offers her blue bubble gum. it is the same kind he got at that blue gas station. it is turning up in that returned rental car along with a .45 caliber gun casing. the employee threw it in the dumpster. tire impressions taken near the body match the kind of tires on the altima. p hernandez's attorneys won't
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murder, another accusation of gun violence makes headlines. four months for oden lloyd is gunned down, the football player is at a strip club in miami. a law enforcement source says hernandez drops about $10,000 that night. one of the men he is with, alexander bradley. it is hernandez's former right-hand man. by morning, she not in the face, dumped from a vehicle, still wearing his wristband from the club. police retrieve this bullet flag innocent from his head. >> when the police investigated this incident, alexander bradley did not point the finger at hernandez. that changes when hbradley sues
saying hernandez caused him to lose his right eye. hernandez felt disrespected over an argument about a missing cell phone. after bradley is shot, prosecutors say hernandez gets a new right-hand man. ernest wallace. >> he is more commonly known by his nickname hobo. >> prosecutors say he sells and uses drugs including angel dust, or pcp. he is not the only one court documents show that carlos ortiz is regular abusing pcp, alcohol, and thc. >> they say that aaron hernandez also ♪ ♪ --
also smoked a lot of pot. cnn obtained this photograph of a stack of blunts. a source says it was made with marijuana said to be supplied by hernand hernandez. aaron hernandez also used angel dust and that could have made him paranoid. one time he felt like a target, said people were coming after him. >> a 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 overreaction to a situation, appear to be more impulsive. >> that behavior does not describe the aaron hernandez that many remember growing up in bristol, connecticut where his
family was celebrated as a local sports dynasty. >> i don't think there was another family more familiar in bristol. aaron was our golden boy. >> his older brother d.j. was a sports hero too. bob montgomery covers high school sports from the "bristol press." he did track, football, and basketball. he was great in any sport he played. >> brad mcmillen played basketball with aaron beginning in middle school. >> he was twice the size of me. we were the same height, but he was much more athletic. >> his father was pretty strict, he would make him shoot 500
shots before he went to play with some of his friends. his dad kept him anchored. i saw a closeness with them i had not seen before. the way they intertwined. it was just magic in my eyes. >> in a heart beat, that closeness is gone. >> i was sitting in math class with another teammate. the phone rang. he went to go pick up the phone, and she said you need to go up to the coach's room. coach walks in and he says dennis has basspassed away. >> dennis hernandez, his father, dies after routine hernia surgery. >> it felt uncomfortable to see him so hurt. >> that father-son relationship comes up in conversations with
sheriff thomas hatchson. >> at 16 years old, losing your father, it would be very easy to fall 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. >> it's a quote my father used to give me. if it is to be, it is up to me. whatever my life is to be, it is up to me to make it that way. when it comes time to make his college pick, not even his brother d.j. can get him to join him at the university of connecticut. >> he said it is our dream to play together, come on, please. but aaron stands firm believing his football career will soar in gator country. coming up, a promising college
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connecticut. cutting his high school senior year in half, he goes to the university of florida. >> i was bummed he would not be on our basketball team. >> in february 2007 he joins the gators and star quarterback tim tebow in april long before the gators season opener, there is trouble off of 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 the bill. tim tebow tries to settle the check, but according to the police report, it ends with hernandez sucker punching the manager on the left side of the ahead and ruptures an eardrum.
a university spokesman says they're not aware of any settlement. then there is more trouble. this time a shooting near the university. it begins where young men snatching gold neck chains at a local club. there is an argument in the parking lot across the street. several football players are involved including hernandez. >> i know that hernandez was there and it was trouble. they were arguing loud. the suspected chain snatchers gets into this man's car. his name is cory and doesn't want his face shown for fear of retribution. >> can you point out where it was. >> moments after leaving the club, someone fires into his crown vic and hit him in the
head. >> i can't imagine where what he would have felt that night. >> corey's aunt stephanie remembers he nearly died. >> 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 is the only one who doesn't make a statement after invoking his right to counsel. at the times with his mother, terri hernandez tells the "orlando sentinole" i know he was at the club but he was nowhere near the shooting. corey and stephanie have been trying to get to the truth for seven years. >> you have 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 they would put the guys on curfew so they could, i guess lessen their activities in clubs and things of that nature. i would have liked to have seen some more in depth questioning of those football players. siting privacy laws, they will not discuss specifics of how players are disciplined. was hernandez on a slippery slope? some who knew him was worried especially when he was unsupervised away from the game. if you could keep him on one side, he'd be fine, the problem was he could not stay away from the other side adding it was a recipe for a 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 time on background checks, hiring private investigators. >> kevin faulk says the checks are thorough and intensive. >> how far back do they go? >> if you did something in middle school, they will find somebody that was around that time and ask them. >> trying to head off trouble before the draft, he goes on the offensive writing a letter to the patriots director of personnel. if you draft me as a member of the new england patriots, he said, i will willfully submit to a bi-weekly drug test throughout
the season. >> he was a player that could be a first round pick and no later than a second round pick. >> now with with a selection they go get aaron hernandez. >> i have to believe that him falling so far is more than a story about marijuana. there was questioned raised in background checks about him that caused teams to say we're going to downgrade him on our draft board. >> in his first year with the patriots, he proves himself. >> there is questions that he is too young to be in the league, he won't get belichick's season, he debunked those. >> a tight end in a receiver body, a running back that can return punts, return 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. 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 nigh, two young men are shot and killed after leaving that same club by a man driving a silver suv. is there a connection? scourge of 20th century city life. raiser of blood pressure. disrupter of supply chains. stealer of bedtime stories. polluter. frustrater. time thief. [cars honking] and one day soon, we'll see the last one ever. cisco is building the internet of everything for connected cities today, that will confine the traffic jam to yesterday. cisco... ...tomorrow starts here.
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it is a silver suv, but in the life of aaron hernandez, it's much more. 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 that loaned it to the patriot tight end in exstrange 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? >> ernesto's son, daniel, was killed in that drive by shooting outside of a boston nightclub. witnesses say two men in a silver suv with rhode island plates pulls alongside the car, shots are fired. funding that suv, and other tips, leads to a stunning discovery. aaron hernandez, seen on security video police say with another man, following a fight
in a club and stalking them in a silver suv after they leave. aier after he is charged with odin lloyd's murder, aaron hernandez is diindicted for the murders of those two young men. >> the defendant leaned out of the drivers side window of the suv. the defendant immediately fired at least five rounds from a .38 caliber revolve. >> but why? >> daniel, while dancing near by, accidentally bumped into the defendant and caused his drink to partially spill. >> he told his friend that he
deliberately bumped him and was 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? cnn learned that prosecutors believe that behavior is what led to odin lloyd's murder. the night they were at this club, hernandez gets angry when he sees lloyd talking with two men. >> and angry again later at an apartment he rents. it is unclear whether there was another tipping point. possibly, prosecutors say,
hernandez was mad at himself for telling lloyd about the double murder. >> motive does not have to be proven under the law. >> jerry is both a former massachusetts district attorney and federal prosecutor. >> jurors like motive. they want to know why someone did something. the defendant was the one -- >> 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. >> charging them for murder is what is a joint venture murder prosecution. anyone that 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. last text. >> they are totally innocuous. everyone has a moment ] when tomorrow becomes real. transamerica. everyone has a moment ] when tomorrow becomes real.
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♪ for odin lloyd's mother, ursula ward, every day is a struggle. >> hey, handsome. mama is here to see you again. i love you. i miss you so much, sweetie. i never thought i would be talking to my son in the ground, you know? >> would it please the court? >> at every pretrial hearing she is surrounded by family.
hangs on every word. and after 18 months of waiting, the justice she seeks may finally be around the corner. hernandez's trial gets under way this month. for more than a year, sheriff thomas hodgson was in charge of keeping an eye on hernandez. >> 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 in have an incredible influence on who we become. >> sheriff thomas hodgson believes in modifying behavior behind bars. he says inmate number 174954 reads the bible. and another book, he suggested. >> got to read "tuesdays with
morrie." it examines how to create a centered meaningful life. >> he was clearly moved by the book. he called his mother. told her she needed to read it. the sheriff tells hernandez to find his center by turning to his childhood anchor. his late dad. >> he would never be able to get back to that place that you felt comfortable and safe in. that's only going to happen 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? >> when i see him, every so often. did you do what i asked you? no, i'm getting there. >> it's not as the bad now that i'm not playing. >> retired patriot running back, kevin faulk isn't giving up on his ex-teammate. >> i want to tell him he has somebody praying for him. >> prosecutors say he orchestrated the execution of someone. >> you are not going to make me believe he is a monster. because you used those type of words. >> not even two more murders
charges in the so-called spilled drink case. -- drink case, have changed faulk's opinion of the player he knew. >> get the question all the time -- you think your boy did it? no, i don't want him to have done it. so you want me to say no. no, i don't think he did it. at the same time, anybody can be pushed to do something drastic like that, if they push you to that point. >> faulk's friend is about to go on trial for the murder of odin lloyd, the first of two murder trials. expected to revolve around electronic evidence. including data from hernandez's cell phone. his lawyers had tried but failed to get it excluded from trial. >> why was the defense so intent on getting hernandez's texts thrown out? >> because the texts imply at least, that aaron hernandez was going to do something to odin lloyd. >> among the text evidence that
will be blocked from trial -- the message odin lloyd sends his sister minutes before his death. saying, he is with nfl, just so you know. >> totally innocuous message. it doesn't suggest. it does not indicate fear. it does not indicate a cry for help. >> the court finds the commonwealth has not met its burden by showing with a preponderance of the evidence that the statement was made when the victim was actually under the belief of imminent death. >> the judge rules it is hearsay. and the jury won't hear it. the jury also won't hear alexander bradley's claim that aaron hernandez shot him in the face. or, any information about the boston double murders. those rulings, major victories for the defense. among people who may testify,
patriot coach bill belichick, owner robert kraft, and hernandez's college teammate, miami dolphins center, mike pouncey. >> all rise. >> it's a trial hernandez's lawyers promise will end with their client's acquittal. >> we're confident that aaron is going to be exonerated, 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. >> hernandez's attorney and mother declined our request for interviews. >> i think, odds are, hernandez will be convicted. but, it is not a slam dunk case. there is still no gun. >> eternal rest unto him. >> days after what would have been odin lloyd's 28th birthday,
family and friends gather at number 53's headstone. >> i don't know if anything can really hear me right now. he was the love of my life. >> in loving memory of odin lloyd, our son, our brother. amen. >> you still talk to him? >> yeah. >> what do you say? >> miss him. 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. all it takes is one juror. >> we love you, odin.
♪ ♪ >> the following is a cnn special report. ♪ ♪ here in the midwest, several young girls went missing. some were found murdered. others were never found at all. laurie dakies, 20 in appleton, wisconsin. wendy felton, 16 from marian, indiana. michelle dewey in indianapolis, indiana. all of these cases went unsolved