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 Aaron Hernandez
Verdict Guilty of murder in first degree, 5 firearm charges
Convictions Aaron Hernandez, life without possibility of parole

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. Prior to his death, Lloyd had been a linebacker for a semi-professional football team, the Boston Bandits,[1] since 2007.[2]

Hernandez was arrested on June 26, 2013, 9 days after the murder of Odin Lloyd. He was 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.

On April 15, 2015, Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder, as well as five weapon charges, automatically being sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. He is currently awaiting two separate murder charges for the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.[7]

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.[8][9][10] He was her first-born child and only son.[11] Lloyd has at least one sister, Olivia Thibou,[5] and an uncle, who stated that he last saw Lloyd on the Sunday before his death.[12] 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]

At the time of his death, Odin Lloyd was dating Shaneah Jenkins, sister of Aaron Hernandez's fiancee.[16][17]

Death and investigation[edit]

Aaron Hernandez has been convicted of Lloyd's murder

On June 17, 2013, Lloyd was shot and killed in an industrial park one mile away from Hernandez's house.

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 texted his sister, "'Did you see who I am with?" When asked who, he wrote "NFL". His last text read: "Just so you know".[18] His sister later admitted that she thought he was bragging, and the texts were dismissed from the case due to insufficient evidence that Lloyd feared for his life.[19]

"Prosecutors reportedly said that Lloyd and Hernandez were in contact just 10 hours before his death, concerning a bag of marijuana. 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".[20]

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.[21]

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".[22]

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.[23][24] Hernandez was facing life in prison without the possibility of parole,[25] as Massachusetts outlawed the death penalty in 1984.[26] He was held without bail at the Bristol County, Massachusetts, Jail and House of Correction.[27]

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".[28] 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.[29]

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 killed Lloyd.[30]

On August 22, 2013, Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury for the murder of Odin Lloyd.[31]

On January 29, 2015, the trial began with opening statements by prosecuting attorney Patrick Bomberg and defense attorney Michael Fee. Judge E. Susan Garsh presided. ESPN legal analyst Lester Munson discussed the schedule of events for the beginning of Aaron Hernandez's murder trial in Fall River, Massachusetts,[32] which was expected to take about ten weeks. The trial was delayed on a few occasions as a result of the unprecedented snowfall in Greater Boston.

In opening statements, prosecutors said Hernandez's DNA was found at the murder scene.[33] On April 9, 2015, a photographer for NBC affiliate WHDH was banned from reporting and taking pictures at the trial as a result of a news truck following the jury van the previous day.[34] In closing statements, in light of substantial physical evidence provided by the prosecution the defense admitted to Hernandez being present during the murder, but downplayed his role, claiming that he was an unwilling participant that "... was a 23-year-old kid who witnessed something. A shocking killing, committed by someone he knew. He really didn’t know what to do. So he just put one foot in front of the other."[35]

On April 15, 2015, Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and all weapons charges, sentencing him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.[36] Hernandez was temporarily transferred to the Massachusetts Correctional Institution – Cedar Junction, a maximum security intake facility located only 1.5 miles from Gillette Stadium where he formerly played, immediately following the conviction to begin serving his sentence. He will eventually be transferred to serve the remainder of his life sentence at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, a maximum security facility adjacent to the medium security Massachusetts Correctional Institution – Shirley.[37][38]

Timeline of events[edit]

  • July 16, 2012 - Daniel de Abreu, and Safiro Furtado are killed by gunshots fired into their vehicle in Boston's South End after leaving Cure Nightclub, for which Hernandez is later indicted.
  • June 14, 2013 - Lloyd and Hernandez go out to Rumor Nightclub in Boston. A witness claims that Aaron appeared to be upset at Odin in the club that night and ended up storming out. Prosecutors later imply that Hernandez may have been upset at Lloyd for speaking to patrons associated with the victims in the 2012 shootings.
  • June 16, 2013 - At approximately 9:30 p.m. Hernandez texts his friend, Ernest Wallace, asking him to drive up to North Attleboro, along with Carlos Ortiz, from his home in Bristol, CT.
  • June 17, 2013 - At 2:33 a.m., surveillance footage shows Odin Lloyd leaving his house and getting into a silver Nissan Altima with Hernandez, Wallace, and Ortiz.
  • June 17, 2013 - From 3:07 a.m. to 3:23 a.m. Odin sends out his last ever texts to his sister Thibou- "U saw who I'm with." "Nfl." "just so you know."
  • June 17, 2013 - Around 3:25 a.m. surveillance camera footage shows a car driving toward a secluded gravel pit in an industrial area on John Dietsch Blvd in North Attleboro, MA. Approximately 4 minutes later, a car is shown driving back, Lloyd having been fatally shot during that time.
  • June 17, 2013 - Around 5:30 p.m. a jogger taking a shortcut discovers a body in a gravel pit on John Dietsch Blvd. Later in the evening 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 murder of the man, later revealed to be 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 first-degree murder.
  • June 27–28, 2013 - Two other men, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, are arrested in connection to Lloyd's death. A silver 4Runner later implicated in the 2012 double shooting is found in the house of Hernandez's uncle as police execute a search warrant in the Lloyd murder.
  • August 22, 2013 - Hernandez is indicted on the charge of first-degree murder.
  • September 6, 2013 - Hernandez is arraigned and pleads not guilty to murder.
  • September 27, 2013 - Ortiz and Singleton are indicted on accessory charges in connection with Lloyd's death. Jenkins is indicted for perjury.[39]
  • April 11, 2014 - Ortiz and Wallace charged with first-degree murder in new indictment.[40]
  • May 15, 2014 - Hernandez is indicted on murder charges for the killings of Abreu and Furtado.[41]
  • April 15, 2015 - Hernandez is convicted of first-degree murder of Lloyd and sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

See also[edit]

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