Police: Aaron Hernandez may have been shooter in 2012 double slaying

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Aaron Hernandez is being investigated as a possible shooter in a 2012 double slaying.
Aaron Hernandez is being investigated as a possible shooter in a 2012 double slaying. (Getty Images)

As Aaron Hernandez sits in jail awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge, police continue to look at Hernandez's connection to a 2012 double slaying.

Court documents released on Thursday suggest that police believe Hernandez was the shooter in the July 2012 deaths of Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado. Both men men were killed on July 16, 2012, when they were shot while riding in their car.

The gunfire is alleged to have come from a silver SUV. A silver SUV was impounded from the home of Hernandez's uncle in last June.

According to the affidavit, obtained by Boston.com, there is "probable cause to believe that Aaron Hernandez was operating the suspect vehicle used in the shooting homicides of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, and may have been the shooter."

A search warrant released on Jan. 8 named the former New England Patriots tight end as a suspect, but this is the first court document released that shows police are also looking at him as the possible shooter.

Hernandez was first linked to the double-slayings just days after he was arrested and charged in the June 20, 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Authorities believe Hernandez's motive in killing Lloyd may have been the fact that Lloyd knew about the double slayings.

Police say they were able to link the crimes based on a tip from a security guard at a Boston nightclub who anonymously called police on June 22, according to the Associated Press. The security guard said that he had overheard a conversation linking Lloyd's murder with the 2012 double slayings. Specifically, the security guard said that 'someone accidentally spilled the beans in front of me.'

No charges have been filed in the double slaying, however, Hernandez has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lloyd and is still awaiting trial.

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