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Report: Kraft, Belichick interviewed in Hernandez murder case

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick have been interviewed by detectives about Aaron Hernandez. (USATSI)
Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick have been interviewed by detectives about Aaron Hernandez. (USATSI)

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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been in jail 13 months awaiting trial in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd. On Monday, court filings showed that Massachusetts detectives have interviewed Patriots owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and other team employees as part of a year-long investigation, the Hartford Courant reports.

The statements from the owner, coach and other Patriots employees were part of the list of evidence prosecutors turned over to Hernandez's defense team ahead of the trial. Additionally, prosecutors also turned over 33 pages of text messages between Belichick and Hernandez from February 2013 to May 2013. Lloyd was shot to death on June 17, 2013.

More details, via the Courant:

The evidence inventory also includes rental contracts for dozens of vehicles, dating back to 2011. Hernandez's habit of renting cars has previously come up in connection with his legal troubles. The Nissan Altima that authorities say he drove the night of Lloyd's death was a rental vehicle, and he returned it the next day.

Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, who also face murder charges in Lloyd's death, have also been interviewed ahead of Hernandez's trial.

In May, Hernandez. who is reportedly struggling with legal bills, was indicted for double-murder stemming from a 2012 drive-by shooting. He pleaded not guilty to the charges several weeks later.

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