NFL Murder Timeline: Big Brother Was Watching You, Aaron Hernandez

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jun 27, 2013


The power of Big Brother to track the most intimate details of our lives has caused a political firestorm in recent months, in the wake of numerous scandals that have rocked the Obama Administration.

That power was on full display in a Massachusetts courthouse Wednesday during the arraignment on murder charges of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Bristol County assistant district attorney William McCauley rattled off in frighteningly intense detail Hernandez’s actions and whereabouts on the night that Odin Lloyd was found dead.

The information came from cell phone records, texts, cell phone tower locators, public surveillance cameras as well as cameras at Hernandez’s own home. Hernandez comes across as so clumsy and stupid it was as if he was begging to be caught. What a clown. A $40 million dollar clown.

He was basically tracked almost every single step of the way: from before he departed his house to his arrival at the victim’s home to his return to his own house waving a handgun that matches the type of weapon used to kill Lloyd.

Here are some of the details McCauley revealed during the arraignment:

Hernandez texted two unidentified friends on June 16 and asked them to hurry to Massachusetts from Connecticut. A few minutes later at 9:05 p.m. Hernandez texted Lloyd, telling him he wanted to get together

Surveillance footage from Hernandez's home shows his friends arrive and go inside. Hernandez was holding a gun and said that he was upset and couldn't trust anyone anymore

The three men left in Hernandez's rented silver Nissan Altima at 1:12 a.m. Cell towers tracked their movements to a gas station where Hernandez bought blue Bubblicious cotton candy gum.

They arrived at Lloyd's home in Boston at 2:32 a.m. and texted him that they were outside. Lloyd's sister saw him get into Hernandez's car.

Surveillance cameras captured images of Hernandez driving the silver Altima through Boston. Hernandez told Lloyd he was upset about an incident at a club two nights earlier and didn't trust him. Lloyd began texting his sister cryptic messages, including one that just said "NFL," apparently aware that this night wasn't going to end well.

Video showed the car enter the industrial park where Lloyd’s body was ultimately found at 3:23 a.m. Four minutes later the car left the industrial park. Employees working an overnight shift nearby heard gunshots.

Lloyd was shot multiple times, including twice from above as he was lying on the ground. Five .45 caliber casings were found at the scene.

Surveillance at Hernandez's own surveillance cameras showed him arriving at home at 3:29 a.m., and then walking through the house with a gun in his hand, again matching the type of gun used to kill Lloyd.

We're not legal experts. But it's harde to see how Hernandez's legal team smashes holes in that case.

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