Murder of Odin Lloyd

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Murder of Odin Lloyd
Date June 17, 2013
Location North Attleborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
Deaths Odin Lloyd
Inquest Multiple gunshot wounds
Suspect(s) Aaron Hernandez, Carlos Ortiz, and Ernest Wallace (All are charged with first degree murder)
Convicted Trial pending

The murder of Odin Lloyd occurred on June 17, 2013. His death made international headlines when Aaron Hernandez, at the time a tight end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League, was investigated as a suspect in the case. Lloyd was a linebacker for a semi-professional football team, the Boston Bandits,[1] since 2007.[2]

Hernandez was arrested on June 26, 2013, and charged with Lloyd's murder. Ninety minutes after his arrest, Hernandez was released by the Patriots.[3]

On June 28, 2013, two other men, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, were also arrested in connection with Lloyd's death.[4][5] Prosecutors say both men were with Hernandez when they drove to the place of murder.[6] On August 22, 2013, Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Nearly eight months later, Ortiz and Wallace were also indicted for the murder in the same crime.

Background[edit]

Odin L. J. Lloyd
Born (1985-11-14)November 14, 1985
Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Died June 17, 2013(2013-06-17) (aged 27)
North Attleborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality American

Odin Leonardo John Lloyd was born to Ursula Ward in Saint Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and spent a few years in Antigua, before moving to Dorchester, Massachusetts.[7][8][9] He was her first-born child and only son.[10] Lloyd has at least one sister, Olivia Thibou,[11] and an uncle, who stated that he last saw Lloyd on the Sunday before his death.[12] In an article for Boston.com, a neighbor who described himself as “a regular at a nearby park where Lloyd would go to work out — not hang out” described Lloyd as usually keeping to himself. Citing Lloyd’s physical shape, the neighbor said, "Of everybody on this street, he was the one who could take care of himself…So there had to be some shaky stuff if he was the guy killed."[13]

Lloyd was a linebacker for the Boston Bandits,[14] a semi-pro football team. He had played for the team since 2007.[15]

Death and investigation[edit]

Aaron Hernandez has been charged with Lloyd's murder

According to the New York Post, on June 16, the night before Lloyd's death, Hernandez "texted two out-of-state pals and asked them to come to Massachusetts — telling them, 'You can't trust anyone anymore'" and that Lloyd, getting nervous, texted his sister, "'Did you see who I am with?" When asked who, he wrote "NFL". His last text read: "Just so you know".[16]

According to HollywoodLife, "Prosecutors reportedly said that Lloyd and Hernandez were in contact just 10 hours before his death. Furthermore, keys to a car that had been rented by Hernandez were allegedly found in Lloyd's pocket. Prosecutors believe Lloyd recently said something to Hernandez that destroyed his trust, giving Hernandez a motive to kill".[17] On June 17, 2013, Lloyd was shot and killed in an industrial park one mile away from Hernandez's house.

On June 18, 2013, Hernandez's house in North Attleboro was searched by police for several hours. The Massachusetts State Police obtained a search warrant after evidence surfaced that Hernandez intentionally destroyed his home security system. A cell phone belonging to Hernandez was turned over to police "in pieces" and Hernandez allegedly hired a "team of house cleaners" the same day Lloyd's body was discovered, raising additional suspicion.[18]

In the wake of his death, the Boston Bandits released a statement saying that "the Bandits would like to extend our deepest condolences to Odin's family and his loved ones. He will be deeply missed by his football family but we promise to persevere and play the game that Odin loved in his honor" and that "the Boston Bandits are cooperating with local and state police in their efforts to identify the person responsible for Odin Lloyd's death".[19]

Charges and trial[edit]

On June 26, 2013, Hernandez was arrested at his home and charged with first-degree murder, one count of carrying a firearm without a license, two counts of possessing a large-capacity firearm and two counts of possessing a firearm without a firearm identification card.[20][21] Hernandez faces life in prison without the possibility of parole,[22] as Massachusetts outlawed the death penalty in 1984.[23] He is currently being held without bail at the Bristol County, Massachusetts, Jail and House of Correction.[24]

On June 28, 2013, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace were also arrested in connection with Lloyd's death. Ortiz revealed to the police the existence of a secret apartment rented by Hernandez in Franklin, Massachusetts. A subsequent search of the apartment, according to the Associated Press, "turned up ammunition and clothing that police believe could be evidence in the murder case against him".[25] Ortiz is being held on $500,000 bail. On September 27, 2013, Ortiz was indicted on a single count of accessory to murder after the fact in the killing of Lloyd.[26]

In addition, Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, and his cousin, Tanya Cummings Singleton, have been charged as accessories to murder for their suspected involvement in assisting Hernandez after he allegedly killed Lloyd.[27]

On August 22, 2013, Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury for the murder of Odin Lloyd.[28]

Timeline of events[edit]

  • June 17, 2013 - The news breaks that a man has been murdered about 1 mi. from Hernandez's North Attleboro, MA home.
  • June 18, 2013 - Hernandez is identified as playing a role in the man's murder, later to be revealed as Odin Lloyd.
  • June 26, 2013 - Hernandez is arrested at his home after an arrest warrant was issued for him the previous day, and is released by the New England Patriots 90 minutes after his arrest. He is charged with 1st degree murder.
  • June 27–28, 2013 - Two other men, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, were arrested in connection to Lloyd's death.
  • August 22, 2013 - Hernandez is indicted on the charge of first degree murder
  • September 6, 2013- Hernandez is arraigned and pleads not guilty to the murder.
  • September 27, 2013 - Ortiz is indicted on an accessory charge in connection with Lloyd's death.
  • April 11, 2014 - Ortiz and Wallace charged with first degree murder in new indictment.[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Death of Dorchester man tied to Hernandez is ruled a homicide". Boston.com. Retrieved 27 June 2013. [dead link]
  3. ^ Volin, Ben (June 27, 2013). "Patriots quickly ran out of patience with Aaron Hernandez". The Boston Globe. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Man wanted in connection to Lloyd murder arrested in Fla.". myfox Boston. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
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  7. ^ Odin Leonardo John Lloyd Obituary
  8. ^ N.F.L. Star and Murder Victim: Where Diverse Paths Crossed New York Times
  9. ^ On Fayston Street, Odin Lloyd was their star Boston.com
  10. ^ Greenberg, Chris (June 21, 2013). "Odin Lloyd's Family Seeks Answers In Death Near Aaron Hernandez's Home". HuffingtonPost.com. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
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  14. ^ "BostonBandits.org - Bandits 2013". bostonbandits.org. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
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  17. ^ "Aaron Hernandez’s Creepy Tweet After Alleged Murder Of Odin Lloyd". HollywoodLife. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  18. ^ McIntyre, Brian (June 20, 2013). "Report: Police believe Hernandez destroyed surveillance system, cellphone | Shutdown Corner". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
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  21. ^ Aaron Hernandez charged with murder
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  23. ^ http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/states-and-without-death-penalty
  24. ^ CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57591312/aaron-hernandez-due-back-in-court-for-odin-lloyd-murder-case/ |url= missing title (help). 
  25. ^ "Hernandez's Apartment Is Searched by Police". The New York Times. The Associated Press. July 3, 2013. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Carlos Ortiz indicted on charge of accessory to murder, and if convicted faces seven years in prison.". USA Today. September 27, 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  27. ^ DA: Aaron Hernandez discussed Odin Lloyd slaying in phone calls from jail
  28. ^ "Aaron Hernandez indicted in death of semi-pro football player". WVCB TV. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  29. ^ http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/25226843/carlos-ortiz-ernest-wallace-charged-with-odin-lloyd-murder