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Posted: March 6, 2014 - Updated: March 6, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Chillicothe police officer, Brent Allen Schade, 40 (pictured above, center) was arrested on suspicion of rape, sodomy, and supplying alcohol to a minor. The Livingston County Sheriff's Office said Schade was taken into custody on Wednesday. The Sheriff's Office said that Amanda N. Gault, 20 (pictured above, center-right) was also arrested in connection with the case. Authorities said the arrests were in connection with a reported rape in the 300 block of Cherry Street in Chillicothe on earlier this week. Authorities said in a news release that Schade and Gault were acting together when the reported rape happened.
According to court documents filed in Gault's case, a 20-year-old woman told detectives that Gault came to her house and they went over to Schade's house to party. The woman said they played drinking games until she was forced by the couple into a bedroom where she was assaulted, court documents stated. Authorities said that several people have been interviewed and the investigation continues.
Schade remains in the Daviess DeKalb County Regional Jail awaiting formal charges.
Posted: February 26, 2014 - Updated: March 6, 2014
San Diego, CA -- The lead singer of Grammy-nominated metal band As I Lay Dying, Timothy Lambesis, 32, pleaded guilty Tuesday to trying to hire someone to kill his estranged wife. The investigation began last April after Lambesis allegedly told a personal trainer at his gym that he wanted to get rid of his wife.
Lambesis was recorded telling an undercover agent that he wanted his wife killed, according to prosecutors. The undercover agent, San Diego County Sheriff's Officer Howard Bradley, testified last year that Lambesis met him at an Oceanside bookstore in May and said he wanted his wife "gone." Bradley said he asked Lambesis directly if he wanted his wife killed, and the singer replied, "'Yes, I do.'"
Lambesis said his wife, Meggan Lambesis, had restricted his visits with their three adopted children after they separated in September 2012, Bradley testified at a preliminary hearing. The singer also told the agent that he was angry that Meggan Lambesis would get a large share of his income in a divorce settlement. Bradley said Lambesis told him at the end of their meeting, "Just to clarify, just so you know, I do want her dead."
Lambesis remains free on $2 million bond until he is sentenced May 2 on one count of solicitation of murder in Vista Superior Court, north of San Diego.
As I Lay Dying formed in San Diego in 2000 and has released six albums, including 2007's "An Ocean Between Us," which reached No. 8 on Billboard's charts. A single from the album, "Nothing Left," was nominated for a Grammy for top metal performance. The band plays in an aggressive style that features lightning-speed metal guitar riffs. The group's philosophical lyrics have attracted a following of Christian rock fans.
Posted: 6:06 PM PST March 6, 2014 - Updated: 12:52 AM PST, Friday, March 7, 2014
LOS ANGELES, CA — Darren Sharper will return to court on Friday where his attorneys will argue that the former NFL All-Pro safety should be released from a Los Angeles jail. Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women. Sharper's attorneys filed a motion Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court arguing that since Sharper has not been formally charged in Louisiana, he should be released on the terms of $1 million bail he has already posted.
The former player and football analyst had pleaded not guilty to charges he drugged and raped two women in Los Angeles County and turned himself in last week when New Orleans police issued an arrest warrant on the similar charges. Sharper was released on the Los Angeles case on $1 million bail on the condition that he remain in the city, stay away from nightclubs and not be alone with any woman he did not know before October, when the first allegations emerged. His attorneys contend he did not violate any of those terms before turning himself in after the Louisiana warrant was issued. Sharper, 38, has submitted DNA samples to New Orleans police and had agreed to turn himself in if he was charged and a judge has already indicated bail will be set if the athlete is formally charged, the motion states.
The athlete's attorneys contend that Los Angeles prosecutors are using the Louisiana case to improperly keep Sharper behind bars until his Los Angeles case is resolved. "This appears to be an attempt to detain Mr. Sharper indefinitely and unconstitutionally without bail," his attorneys wrote in Thursday's motions.
District Attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison declined comment, saying prosecutors would address their arguments at Friday's hearing.
Authorities in Florida, Tucson, Ariz., and Las Vegas also are investigating Sharper for possible sexual assault cases. One attorney for Sharper has said Sharper would be cleared in the cases. "All of these were consensual contact between Mr. Sharper and women who wanted to be in his company," Levine said after a court hearing last month.
Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Green Bay Packers as a rookie and was part of a successful championship run while with the New Orleans Saints. Sharper retired after the 2010 season. He worked as an analyst for the NFL Network, but was fired last week.
Posted: 6:06 PM CST Feb 28, 2014 - Updated: 12:52 AM PST, Saturday, March 1, 2014
NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans police issued an arrest warrant for former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper on two charges of aggravated rape. An arrest warrant was also issued for Sharper's acquaintance, 26-year-old Erik Nunez (pictured above, center) on charges of aggravated rapes of two women in New Orleans last September. Sharper, 38, and Nunez each face two counts of aggravated rape. Last week, investigators learned that two women were allegedly sexually assaulted by Sharper in the same apartment the night of Sept. 23. New information uncovered also indicates that Nunez also allegedly raped both women that night at the same location. The investigation continues and additional arrests are possible, police said.
Nunez has turned himself in to police and has been booked on two counts of aggravated rape. A bond commissioner said Friday afternoon that Nunez would be detained without bond until a March 7 hearing. Sharper turned himself in to Los Angeles authorities Thursday in connection with a separate alleged sexual crime.
In total, Sharper is now being investigated in eight cases in five states on accusations of sexual crimes. In seven cases in four states, law enforcement in Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana are all actively investigation claims against Sharper on allegations he drugged and sexually assaulted women. It was reported last week that Sharper was being investigated in Miami Beach on accusations of sexual battery, according to Miami media sources. The investigation of Sharper, 38, stems from a report filed last month, the Miami news station said. The details of the investigation were unknown.
Sharper is charged with two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance, all felonies, the prosecutor's office in Los Angeles said. The charges stem from alleged incidents involving two women in Los Angeles in October and January.
Sharper is an analyst for the NFL Network, which suspended him "indefinitely" and without pay. While active, Sharper, 38, was a safety with the Saints, Packers and Vikings. The multi-year Pro Bowl player was part of the Super Bowl championship team while in New Orleans. Sharper retired from the game after the 2010 season, having played 14 years in the NFL.
Louisiana law states that a person convicted of committing aggravated rape shall be punished by life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.
Posted: Friday, February 14th, 2014 - Updated: 10:12 PM PST, Friday, February 14th, 2014
Los Angeles, CA -- Former NFL player Darren Sharper was charged with two counts of rape and several other charges in a Los Angeles court on Friday. Sharper has just been charged with 2 counts of rape in L.A. ... after the former New Orleans Saints superstar allegedly drugged multiple women and raped them in his hotel room ... Corrupt Justice™ has learned. Among the charges ... two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance, all felonies. Sharper -- who had a Hall of Fame-caliber NFL career as a safety -- is accused of drugging the women with zolpidem (Ambien).
Sharper was arrested on January 17 in Los Angeles but posted $200,000 bail. He was immediately suspended from his analyst position at the NFL Network without pay. Now, however, Sharper faces three different accusations of rape and several criminal charges.
The charges are in relation to alleged sexual assaults that took place in October and January. After his arrest, LAPD spokeswoman Sally Madera said that the charges fell under California Penal Code 261(A)(30), "where a person is prevented from resisting by any intoxicating or anesthetic substance, or any controlled substance, and this condition was known, or reasonably should have been known by the accused."
Sharper adamantly denied the charges, via media sources, and has claimed that in one of the cases, a sexual encounter did occur but was consensual. He claimed to have no idea who the other woman accusing him of rape is and said she fabricated the story.
Sharper's legal troubles aren't confined to Los Angeles, however, as he was also accused of raping a woman in New Orleans in September, according to a police report released on January 24. An investigation related to those accusations is currently ongoing, and charges have not been filed as of now.
Sharper spent 14 years in the NFL playing safety for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, finishing his career with 63 interceptions. He made five Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2000 and 2009.
Posted: 9:11 PM EST, Fri. January 17, 2014 - Updated: 12:42 PM PST, Mon January 20, 2014
Los Angeles, CA -- Darren Sharper, Former NFL football player and TV analyst has been arrested for two different incidents of sexual assault in Los Angeles. Sharper was charged with rape for two assaults in October 2013 and January 2014 in the West L.A. area, Officer Sally Mardera, of the Los Angeles Police Department told media sources Saturday. She said the investigation is ongoing and no information about the victim or victims was available. The charges are defined when a victim is prevented from resisting by an intoxicating or controlled substance and the accused should have known. New Orleans police are also investigating Sharper for another sexual assault that allegedly occurred on Sept. 24, police told media sources.
Sharper, 38, was arrested Friday afternoon and released late Friday night on $200,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sherriff's Office. His next scheduled court date in the morning of Feb. 14.
Sharper played for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints — making five Pro Bowl teams and being named All-Pro in 2000 and 2009. The safety retired in 2010 after 14 years in the league. He started working as an analyst on the NFL Network in 2012 after retirement. The network has suspended Sharper without pay until further notice, and declined further comment, according to a statement.
Posted: Monday, January 6, 2014, 1:01 PM - Updated: Wenesday, January 22, 2014, 7:01 AM
Steubenville, Ohio -- Ma'lik Richmond, one of two teens convicted in the explosive Steubenville, Ohio rape case, has been sprung from juvenile detention after nine months, according to a report. In March, Richmond and buddy Trent Mays were found guilty of penetrating the girl in August 2012 during a night of heavy drinking with pals from the Steubenville High football team. At the time of the conviction, Richmond was 16 and Mays was 17. Mays received a two year sentence for disseminating nude photos of the girl, who was a minor. Richmond was released from the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Detention Facility on Sunday, some three months shy of the yearlong sentence he received for raping a 16-year-old girl in 2012, local media sources reported.
"The past sixteen months have been extremely challenging for Ma'lik and his extended family," attorney said in a statement. "At sixteen years old, Ma'lik and his family endured hardness beyond imagine for any adult yet alone child. He has persevered the hardness and made the most of yet another unfortunate set of circumstances in his life …" The teen's lawyer said Richmond had "reflected, learned, matured and grown" during his time behind bars. "He is a better, stronger person and looks forward to school, life, and spending time with family," the statement said. As a result of his sentence, Richmond must register as a sex offender every six months for the next 20 years. However, he could have the requirement dropped, depending on how his rehab process goes.
The victim's attorney said in a statement that it was "disheartening" Richmond's legal team didn't say anything about the girl or her family upon his release. "Although everyone hopes convicted criminals are rehabilitated, it is disheartening that this convicted rapist's press release does not make a single reference to the victim and her family — whom he and his co-defendant scarred for life," the attorney said. "Rape is about victims, not defendants," he said.
Fallout from the case extended far beyond the working class Rust Belt town after it was alleged that football players, teachers and coaches sought to cover up the rape in order to protect Big Red football players. In November, four other people, including the schools superintendent, were indicted for crimes related to the case. Three of them were placed on leave from their jobs with local schools.
Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 4:14 pm - Updated: Thursday, March 6, 2014, 1:40 AM PST
California -- Gov. Jerry Brown has denied parole for James Mackey, who was convicted more than two decades ago of killing a Stockton Realtor with a crossbow. A parole board ruled Mackey, 49, eligible for parole during a hearing in March at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione. However, Brown reversed the decision, stating that despite Mackey’s efforts to better himself while incarcerated, he is still a danger to society. “Mr. Mackey does not adequately explain why he committed such a horrible crime,” Brown wrote in a parole review document. “Until he can give a better explanation for his actions, I do not think he is ready to be released.”
Mackey and Carl Hancock each received life sentences when they entered guilty pleas in 1989 to the first-degree murder of Stockton Realtor Laurence J. Carnegie. As part of the deal, Mackey and Hancock, former teammates on the University of the Pacific football team, became eligible for parole consideration by testifying against Stockton developer Michael Blatt. At the time, Blatt was an NFL sports agent and interim general manager of the Seattle Seahawks. According to a statement released by the governor’s office, Blatt indicated to Mackey that a real estate deal involving Mackey and Blatt would go through if Carnegie “were no longer around.”
Mackey and Hancock testified that the idea to kill Carnegie came from Blatt, who they said felt slighted by Carnegie after several failed business dealings and losing out on a permanent NFL executive position. So Mackey and Hancock spent months scripting Carnegie’s death, before Hancock lured him to a rural home east of Lodi by posing as a potential homebuyer in February 1989. At the home, Mackey, considered the leader of the two men, hid in the garage and shot Carnegie with a crossbow. But the crossbow bolt didn’t kill Carnegie, so Mackey beat him until he was unconscious. Mackey and Hancock abandoned their plan to dump Carnegie in Lake Tahoe, and instead drove from Lodi to a rural area of Sonoma. That’s where they fashioned a noose and strangled Carnegie to death. They dumped his body down an embankment, changed their clothes, washed their car and returned home.
In a petition to overturn a 2010 parole denial, Mackey, a graduate of East Union High School in Stockton, said he wished to live with his wife in Manteca, where he has two job offers and support from family, community members and a minister. Several of Carnegie’s relatives wrote letters opposing Mackey’s parole and even spoke at his previous parole hearings.
During his parole hearing, Mackey stated that he lost his identity once he stopped playing football. He felt isolated and depressed and wanted to stay in the good graces of Blatt, a wealthy businessman. “But Mr. Mackey’s relentless pursuit of Mr. Carnegie’s death goes way beyond mere loyalty to Mr. Blatt,” Brown wrote. “His insecurity and desire for acceptance do not explain how he could meticulously plan and execute a cold-blooded murder.” Blatt was tried twice for orchestrating the murder. The first trial ended with the jury deadlocked 9-3 for conviction and the second ended 11-1 for acquittal. Today, he lives in Sausalito and is a part owner of a drug and rehabilitation center.
In Brown’s decision, he acknowledged that Mackey joined numerous self-help programs while behind prison walls, including alcoholics and narcotics anonymous, conflict resolution, anger management and more. Mackey has consistently received exceptional ratings for his prison job performances, completed two vocations, obtained a real estate license and earned a master’s degree in humanities in 2008. “I commend Mr. Mackey for taking these positive steps,” Brown wrote. “But they are outweighed by negative factors that demonstrate he remains unsuitable for parole.”
In October 2012, Hancock, a prisoner at the California State Prison in Solano, was denied parole and will have to wait three years before petitioning the decision.
June 22, 2013 12:00 AM
Sacramento, CA -- The freedom of James Mackey, 49, after spending almost half his life in state prison for the crossbow murder of a Stockton real estate agent, could be in the hands of Gov. Jerry Brown by next month. Mackey was found eligible for parole at a March 21, 2013, hearing at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione. He was denied parole at two previous hearings. The decision whether to release him is expected to reach the governor's office by July 21. Brown then has 30 days to review it.
Mackey and Carl Charles Hancock each agreed to a guilty plea in 1989 to the bizarre first-degree murder of Stockton Realtor Laurence J. Carnegie. Mackey and Hancock met while playing football at University of the Pacific. Mackey and Hancock each became eligible for early parole consideration as part of plea deals in which they agreed to testify against Stockton developer Michael Blatt. Hancock, a prisoner at California State Prison, Solano, was denied parole in October. He has to wait three years for his case to be reconsidered.
The case made national headlines for the unusual choice of weapons, for its murder-for-hire accusations and for testimony during Blatt's second trial that had National Football League implications. Mackey and Hancock accused Blatt, an NFL sports agent and interim Seattle Seahawks' general manager, of hiring them to kill Carnegie, a former partner. They said Blatt blamed Carnegie for bad-faith business dealings and for costing him the permanent NFL executive position. Blatt was charged with orchestrating the murder, and he was tried twice - both times in Oakland because of heightened awareness in San Joaquin County. The first trial ended with the jury deadlocked 9-3 for conviction, the second ended 11-1 for acquittal. Mackey testified at both trials, and his veracity was called into question both times.
The crime itself was surreal. In February 1989, Hancock, posing as a potential home buyer, lured Carnegie to a rural residence four miles east of Lodi. Mackey was hiding inside a garage with the crossbow. His shot entered Carnegie's back and exited his chest, but it did not kill him. The two men tried to suffocate their struggling victim with a sleeping bag when headlights from a passing car revealed what was transpiring.
Mackey and Hancock abandoned plans to drive to Lake Tahoe and dump the body in the lake, quickly stuffing Carnegie inside the trunk of their rented vehicle and driving west instead. They ended up in Sonoma County where together they used a rope to strangle a still-alive Carnegie before dropping his body down a ravine. Carnegie was 38 at the time and left behind a wife and three small daughters.
Three months later, Mackey and Hancock had been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. They left an obvious trail of evidence that included a crossbow arrow, the blood-soaked sleeping bag and a car rented on a credit card in Mackey's name.
Mackey and Hancock have been in prison ever since. Blatt, after three years in jail, walked away. He is now in his mid-60s and lives in Sausalito, where he has part ownership in the Alta Mira Recovery Programs, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in a former hotel in the hills high above San Francisco Bay.
Last summer, Mackey, who has completed a paralegal course in prison, petitioned California's Third Appellate Court to overturn a 2010 parole denial. In that document, Mackey said he had remarried a childhood sweetheart, achieved a master's degree in humanities, earned average-to-exceptional ratings while working in the kitchen, obtained a real estate license and became certified in air conditioning and refrigeration work. Mackey also pointed to laudatory evaluations in several rehabilitative and self-help programs.
Arguing his suitability for parole, the document also expressed Mackey's desire "to live with his wife in Manteca, where he has two job offers and support from a minister and from family and community members." Mackey is a graduate of East Union High School.
For now, Mackey is awaiting the normal 120-day review by the state Board of Parole. The outcome will only change if "any errors of law or fact" are discovered. Then Mackey's fate will be in Brown's hands. The governor can reverse, modify, affirm or decline to review the decision to release him.
As a backdrop, a panel of three federal judges said this week that California must take immediate steps to release inmates and comply with a U.S. Supreme Court-backed order to reduce the state prison population. Will that pressure impact Brown's decision? "I don't think it's appropriate for the CDCR (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) to comment," said Luis Patino, an agency spokesman. "The governor has to make the decision."
|December 17, 1989|
Stockton, CA Larry Carnegie was running late. He was still at work at 6 p.m., and he had told the man he would meet him at the house on Tokay Colony Road at 6:30. Carnegie left Riverboat Realty, stopped to get $200 from a banking machine, then drove to the property he was showing in a rural area northeast of Stockton. He drove along California State Route 88, past rows of walnut and peach trees, through the town of Waterloo (pop. 298) and turned off on Tokay Colony Road. Carnegie drove two miles down the narrow country lane, which cut through tidy farms and open, furrowed fields. It was dark that night, Feb. 28, 1989, the sun had set at 5:59 and there were no street lights. Carnegie pulled into the gravel driveway at 14152 Tokay Colony Road. Only the barest of light was shining from within the white wood-frame house.
They were waiting for him. The descriptions of the murder were obtained from the testimony of Mackey and Hancock during the pretrial hearing of Michael Blatt and from court documents.
James Mackey and Carl Hancock had been at the vacant house for an hour. It was after 7 when Carnegie's car came up the drive. Mackey was hiding in the garage. Hancock, who had told Carnegie his name was Sam Jackson, came out to greet the realtor. The two men went into the house and looked around for 15 minutes. The plan was for Hancock to lure Carnegie into the garage, where Mackey would kill him with a crossbow.
That was the plan, but it didn't work out quite that way. In fact, very little of the elaborate plan to murder Larry Carnegie was carried out, other than the brutal fact of Carnegie's death. Mackey and Hancock, who have confessed to the actual murder, did not turn out to be clever planners or even skillful killers. The two former University of the Pacific football players made many mistakes, before and after Carnegie's murder, that led authorities first to Mackey and, eventually, to Hancock and finally, ... to Mike Blatt.
Blatt is a 44-year-old Stockton developer well known in the San Joaquin Valley for his aggressive, and successful, negotiating. Blatt Development Co. did $120 million worth of construction in its first 10 years. Blatt owns apartment complexes in California, Arizona and Nevada.
Blatt is also a consummate negotiator in another sphere--professional sports. He became a successful sports agent in 1982 and at one time his Sunwest Sports agency represented more than 50 NFL players, making it one of the five largest in football. Blatt hit the big time in another realm of sports, too, helping put together the sale of the Seattle Seahawks in August of 1988. Blatt brought together the Nordstrom family and the eventual buyer, Californian Ken Behring. Blatt had a stake in the deal as well, putting up $8 million in escrow for a future 10% interest in the team. For a few weeks in February of that year, Blatt was in his glory, acting as the Seahawks' interim general manager. He boldly proclaimed that he would "create a dynasty" in Seattle.
Blatt didn't have an opportunity to do that. On Feb. 22, 1989, after what some would call a power struggle, Blatt was out as general manager and former Raider coach Tom Flores was in. Six days later, Larry Carnegie's body was thrown down a ravine in remote Sonoma County.
James Mackey later testified in a pretrial hearing that he killed Carnegie as "a favor" to Blatt. Mackey, who had been a client of Blatt, testified he had become a real estate agent in order to get closer to the developer, whom he admired. When asked why he was willing to kill for Blatt, Mackey testified: "I wanted to have a close relationship with Mike, eventually a working relationship. I wanted to establish some trust between us."
On December 8, 1989, in Stockton, Mike Blatt was ordered to stand trial in the murder-for-hire of Laurence J. Carnegie. Municipal Judge Thomas B. Teaford ordered, after a three-week preliminary hearing, that Blatt be bound over for trial in Superior Court and be held without bail on a first-degree murder charge. Teaford also found that "special circumstances" existed, meaning that Blatt could face the death penalty if convicted.
To fully understand why Mike Blatt has been charged by the State of California with hiring Mackey and Hancock to kill Carnegie, it is necessary to understand how the pursuit of power brought Blatt and Carnegie together, enabled them to profit together, and, ultimately, split them bitterly. To Eual D. Blansett, the deputy district attorney who is prosecuting the case, Blatt and Carnegie were strong-willed men who had faced off like "praying mantises in mortal combat. They would both starve to death before they would unlock in combat."
The first trial of Blatt, which lasted five months, ended in a mistrial in October 1990. A jury deliberated two weeks but ended up locked at 9-3 in favor of conviction. Members of the jury reportedly questioned the credibility of Mackey and Hancock. The second time, jurors voted 11-1 for acquittal. The prosecution declined to try a third time.
Posted: 12:30 AM EST, Fri March 7, 2014 - Updated: 03:00 AM PST, Fri March 7, 2014
Bristol County, Massachusetts -- Aaron Hernandez, who already faces first-degree murder and weapons charges, could face even more trouble after a jailhouse fight last week. Neither Hernandez, or the other man was seriously injured in the February 25 fight. Attorneys for Hernandez have not responded to questions about the fight involving an unidentified inmate.
However, the Bristol County Sheriff, Thomas Hodgson, is asking that the former New England Patriots star face a simple assault-and-battery charge for allegedly punching the fellow inmate. Sheriff Hodgson told media sources on Thursday the charge would be a misdemeanor. Hodgson said he filed a criminal complaint application with the Third District Court. Hernandez, 24, is aware of the filing, he said. The case is now in the hands of the district magistrate, who will decide whether there is probable cause for a charge to move forward. If so, an arraignment will follow, Hodgson told media sources. Hodgson last month said that jail officials will be looking at how the two inmates came into contact, because "no more than one inmate is supposed to be out at a time" in the unit where Hernandez is housed.
Authorities have said that Hernandez and two other men picked up Odin Lloyd from his Boston apartment in a rental car shortly before Lloyd was found shot to death on June 17, 2013. Surveillance cameras then captured the rental car leaving the crime scene and Hernandez carrying a gun as he returned to his home minutes later, according to authorities. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.
An attorney for Hernandez did not immediately respond or comment regarding the probability of new charges.
Posted: February 3, 2014, 11:16 AM | Updated: February 3, 2014, 11:16 PM
HARTFORD, Conn. - Alexander Bradley alleges he was shot in the face by former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in Florida. Bradley, an associate of Hernandez, alleges in a Florida lawsuit that he lost his right eye when Hernandez shot him in the face as they argued outside a Miami club last February. Bradley was shot again, this time outside a Connecticut nightclub, where he then opened fire, police said Monday. Bradley was shot multiple times in the right thigh Sunday night outside the Vevo Lounge Bar & Grill in Hartford's South Meadows neighborhood. He was taken to a hospital under police guard, police Lt. Brian Foley said. His condition wasn't released, but he's expected to survive. No other injuries were reported. Police haven't announced any arrests.
A source said Monday that the early indication is that the shooting appears to be a nightclub dispute and not connected to the Aaron Hernandez investigation. No one answered the phone Monday morning at the Vevo Lounge. "Evidence revealed there was a disturbance in the club that was pushed outside by staff," Foley said. "At this point, Bradley was shot. Bradley went to a vehicle, got a gun, then shot up the front of the club." Responding police officers stopped a car that sped away from the club, and an injured Bradley got out and fell on the street, Foley said. No charges against Bradley were announced. Bradley's Connecticut lawyer hung up the phone on a reporter without commenting Monday.
Boston police, meanwhile, have linked both Hernandez and Bradley to a double homicide in July 2012. Police believe Hernandez and Bradley were in an SUV when someone inside the vehicle fatally shot Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado in Boston's South End, according to a search warrant filed by Bristol, Conn., police.
The warrant doesn't say who investigators believe pulled the trigger in the double killing or suggest a motive. No charges have been filed in the case. The warrant sought recordings of phone calls made by Bradley while he was jailed in Hartford in October for failing to appear before a Massachusetts grand jury investigating the 2012 shooting.
Investigators say they found the SUV wanted in the Boston homicides at the home of Hernandez's uncle in Bristol.
Police say surveillance camera recordings show Hernandez and Bradley going into a Boston nightclub shortly after the shooting victims went into the club. The recordings also show Hernandez driving the SUV out of a nearby parking garage with Bradley as a passenger shortly before the shootings, police said.
Boston police called Hartford police Monday about Bradley's shooting as part of their investigation, Foley said.
Hernandez is detained on a murder charge in the death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player whose body was found June 17 near Hernandez's North Attleborough, Mass., home. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.
Posted: 6:28 PM EST, Thu January 16, 2014 - Updated: 12:42 PM PST, Mon January 20, 2014
Boston, MA -- For the first time, newly unsealed court documents reveal police directly suggested that former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez may have pulled the trigger in an unsolved Boston double homicide in July 2012. Victims Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado were fatally shot in a 2003 BMW. Two others in the car survived. Media sources have previously reported, a grand jury has been looking into whether Hernandez played a role in the drive-by shooting, according to law enforcement sources. The 2012 shooting is separate from a 2013 killing in which Hernandez is charged and awaiting trial. Hernandez, 24, was indicted for first-degree murder and weapons charges by a different grand jury in August 2013, in the shooting death of his friend Odin Lloyd. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.
"There is ... probable cause to believe that Aaron Hernandez was operating the suspect vehicle used in the shooting homicides ... and may have been the shooter," a now-unsealed June 2013 warrant reads. The warrant was used to search a Toyota 4Runner linked to Hernandez that, according to court documents, was seen at the scene of the crime by witnesses the night of the murders. The vehicle was recovered at Hernandez' uncle's home in Bristol, Connecticut. The warrant granted permission to search the SUV for gun residue.
The search warrant also granted permission to seize a bag of clothing with Hernandez's name on it that was found at that home. It's unclear what was found in the bag and no document detailing what was removed from the house has been released. Police are looking for clothing and jewelry worn by Hernandez the night of the double homicide, including a baseball hat, a T-shirt, sneakers and a beaded necklace. Hernandez is seen on a nightclub video surveillance camera wearing those same items, according to the search warrant, which is partially redacted. No charges have been filed and authorities have not commented publicly on the investigation.
July 25, 2013
Florida -- With former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez facing murder charges stemming from the shooting death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, organizations and institutions related to Hernandez have distanced themselves from him in recent weeks. Hernandez's alma mater is the latest party to join the trend.
According to University of Florida sports media professor Ted Spiker, the school has decided to remove a brick from campus that celebrated Hernandez's All-American status. The process was quick and surgical in nature; there is now no sign that Hernandez's brick was ever there. All that remains is an empty space above offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey's brick, according to media sources. Sources also captured a shot of Hernandez's brick before the contractor brought it back to his plant.
Hernandez received the All-American honor in 2009, when he also won the John Mackey Award as the nation's best tight end. Hernandez reeled in 68 passes for 850 yards and five touchdowns that year, which led directly to the Patriots drafting him in the fourth round (No. 113 overall).
In comparison to the Pats, the Gators are a bit late to the party when it comes to striking Hernandez from their consciousness. Not long after Hernandez's June arrest, New England released him and essentially severed all ties. It seems as though the University of Florida is trying to do the same thing.
According to a university statement sent to Wesley Lowery of The Boston Globe, the process of removing Hernandez-related items from campus started when news of his arrest originally broke. The brick removal was one of the final steps in Florida disassociating itself from Hernandez.
Hernandez is still innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, but the Patriots and Gators clearly aren't interested in waiting around. The prosecution was granted a 30-day continuance in its quest to prove probable cause, according to media sources, so this saga is still in its beginning stages.
Posted: 10:36 AM EDT, Tue August 20, 2013 - Updated: 1:13 AM PDT, Thur. August 22, 2013
Springfield, Massachusetts (WCJB) -- A gun found during a traffic accident investigation two months ago has been linked to a 2012 double slaying that police are investigating in connection with Aaron Hernandez, law enforcement sources said Tuesday. The gun's ballistics match the markings on the bullets found after two men were killed outside a Boston bar last year, two law enforcement sources said. After a June 21 four-vehicle crash on Interstate 91 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Jailene Diaz-Ramos, 19, was taken to a hospital. During a search of her vehicle -- which is customary when a car is towed from a crash scene -- Massachusetts State Police found a firearm and several rounds of ammunition, according to the incident report.
The evidence has been presented to a grand jury hearing details of the double homicide, a law enforcement source said. Diaz-Ramos was not licensed to carry the weapon and was charged with possession of a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a license and improper storage of a firearm, the incident report said.
When asked, the teenager told police the .38-caliber weapon belonged to her boyfriend and that "he was the last one to use the car to visit a football player," according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the case. It's unclear if she named the football player. Hernandez, a former New England patriot tight end, is being investigated in connection with the double killing in Boston's South End, law enforcement sources said. Diaz-Ramos' connection to Hernandez is unclear, but she and her boyfriend are both from Bristol, Connecticut, Hernandez's hometown, police say.
The teenager was released on bail after her initial appearance at Springfield District Court, according to police.
In June, law enforcement sources said they believe Hernandez, 23, rented a silver SUV with Rhode Island registration that was linked to the scene of the double homicide. Police searched for the vehicle for almost a year before locating and impounding, the source said. Separately, Hernandez is accused with the killing of friend Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semipro football player whose body was found in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's home. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.
Posted: 10:36 AM EDT, Tue August 13, 2013 - Updated: 06:36 PM PDT, Sat. August 24, 2013
Massachusetts -- The investigation into the actions of former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is accused of killing friend Odin Lloyd, has turned to Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins (pictured above, center) as law enforcement searches for the .45 caliber gun used in the slaying. Prosecutors have accused the former New England Patriot of orchestrating what they call Lloyd's execution-style slaying. Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found in a Massachusetts industrial park on June 17, Father's Day, about a mile from Hernandez's Massachusetts home. He was shot five times, and the gun has not been found. Hernandez, 23, has pleaded not guilty to murder and is being held without bail.
Search warrant affidavits obtained by media sources contain new details about fiancée Shayanna Jenkins. In them, authorities alleged that Hernandez, Jenkins, his cousin Tanya Singleton (pictured above, center) and Ernest Wallace "have all made overt attempts to hide evidence, render assistance for suspect to elude law enforcement, and to hinder and mislead this investigation." Wallace has been charged with accessory after the fact to murder. Singleton, Hernandez' cousin, remained jailed on a contempt of court charge for failing to cooperate with a grand jury, according to two law enforcement sources.
Shayanna Jenkins has not been charged in connection with the investigation, and lawyers representing her fiancé, Hernandez, have not responded to requests for comment. The documents indicate investigators became suspicious of Shayanna Jenkins after they spoke with her sister Shaneah Jenkins. Shaneah Jenkins was Lloyd's girlfriend.
The court papers describe the following allegations:
The day after Lloyd's body was found, Shaneah Jenkins told authorities she was with her sister, Shayanna, and two uncles at Hernandez's home. During that time, Shaneah Jenkins said she saw her sister go into the basement with an empty trash bag. Shayanna asked Shaneah to borrow her car and had a cell phone "communication" with Hernandez. The women's uncle told Shayanna that "Mr. Hernandez wanted weapons taken out of the house" and told Shaneah that weapons "were discarded into 'the woods.'"
The documents go on to describe a mysterious, if not cryptic, text message obtained by investigators from Hernandez to his fiancée that allegedly read: "Go back in back of the screen in movie room when u (sic) get home an (sic) there is a box...jus (sic) in case u (sic) were looking for it!!! Member (sic) how you ruined the big tv Imao WAS JUST THINKIN bout that lol wink wink love u TTYL....K"
"TTYL" is common shorthand for "talk to you later." According to the court papers, Jenkins allegedly answers: "ok-that was awful...Perfect tv...Love u."
About an hour later, a home surveillance video shows Jenkins leaving the house carrying something "rigid" and "consistent to a lock box or safe" placed inside a garbage bag and covered with clothing, according to the documents. Police state Jenkins drove away and returned an hour later, but she was not carrying the "rigid" item back into the house. Prosecutors have said no lock box was found in the home.
A search of a rented storage unit in Bristol, Connecticut, allegedly paid for by Hernandez, did not locate the weapon used to kill Lloyd, according to law enforcement officials.
Grand jury indictments are expected in the case as early as next week, officials have said.
Posted: Jul 10, 2013 3:05 PM ET - Updated: Jul 11, 2013 10:49 PM PT
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WCJB) -- An associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez said he was told Hernandez fired the shots that resulted in the death of a semi-pro football player, according to documents filed in Florida. Hernandez has been charged in the June killing of Boston semi-pro athlete Odin Lloyd. The records say Hernandez associate Carlos Ortiz told Massachusetts investigators that another man, Ernest Wallace, said Hernandez shot Lloyd in an industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough. The gun used in the killing has not been found. The records, obtained by media sources, also show that a vehicle wanted in a double killing in Boston a year before had been rented in Hernandez's name. Together, the revelations provide the most damning evidence yet against the 23-year-old star athlete.
In addition, the papers say, a search of Lloyd's phone revealed Hernandez had sent him a text the previous night at around 9:05 p.m. that stated, "I'm coming to grab that tonight u gon b around I need dat and we could step for a lil again (sic)." The two exchanged a few messages, with Lloyd responding at about 10 p.m., "Aite idk anything going on (sic)." Hernandez reportedly replied, "I'll figure it out ill hit u on way." A little more than two hours later, shortly after midnight, Lloyd sent his final text to Hernandez: "we still on."
The documents were filed in court by the Miramar, Fla., police department to justify a search of Wallace's mother's home in that city. Meanwhile, eight search warrants were unsealed in Massachusetts after news organizations sought access to them. The warrants reveal the breadth of the investigation, with authorities scouring through everything from Hernandez's house to his phone to the contents of his team locker, which the Patriots emptied into a container after they released him. A rifle, ammunition and video surveillance equipment were among the items police seized from Hernandez's home.
The records also show that while investigating Lloyd's killing, police searched in Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, Conn., and found a vehicle wanted in connection with a July 2012 double homicide near a Boston nightclub. Hernandez, Wallace and Ortiz appear linked through Bristol. Wallace told Florida police he grew up with Hernandez's father. Ortiz's attorney said Tuesday his client, who's athletic and around the age of Hernandez's older brother, is from Bristol.
Prosecutors say Hernandez, Wallace and Ortiz drove with Lloyd in a rented Nissan Altima to the industrial park where Lloyd was fatally shot. Ortiz told police that during the drive, Hernandez told Lloyd that Lloyd had been "chilling" with people Hernandez had problems with, the documents say. But Ortiz told police the two men shook hands and the problem seemed smoothed over. However, the Altima soon stopped, and everyone but Ortiz got out to urinate, according to Ortiz's account.
The witness told police he then heard gunshots before Hernandez and Wallace got back into the car without Lloyd and the car sped away. Ortiz said he couldn't see who fired the shots because it was dark. Back at Hernandez's home, Ortiz said, Wallace asked him to get a small gun out from under the driver's seat. Ortiz said he did and gave it to Hernandez once they were inside. Ortiz said he then went to sleep. When he woke up in the afternoon, according to his account, the three men returned the Altima and rented a Chrysler 300 before returning to Hernandez's home. Ortiz and Wallace then went to an apartment in the area that Hernandez and other football players used. Wallace let Ortiz in before leaving for a long time, the documents say. The two then drove to Bristol. Ortiz told police that Wallace said Hernandez shot Lloyd.
Police say Hernandez, who played tight end, became "argumentative" during his first encounter with police at his home about five hours after Lloyd's body was found by a jogger. Hernandez told police he had last seen Lloyd in Boston the day before. He asked, "What's with all the questions?" and locked the door behind him. He then returned with his attorney's business card but didn't respond when police told him they were investigating a death, the records show. "Mr. Hernandez slammed the door and relocked it behind him," the records read. "Mr. Hernandez did not ask officers whose death was being investigated. Mr. Hernandez's demeanor did not indicate any concern for the death of any person." Hernandez came out later and agreed to be questioned at a police station. The documents also say Hernandez called his girlfriend's cellphone and stopped her from speaking with police after they pulled her over and told her Lloyd was dead.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in Lloyd's killing. His legal team did not return email messages Tuesday. Wallace faces an accessory to murder charge in the case and has pleaded not guilty.
Posted: Jul 03, 2013 3:05 PM ET - Updated: Jul 11, 2013 10:49 PM PT
Massachusetts - The evidence continues to mount against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. After being charged with first-degree murder in June for the execution-style shooting of acquaintance Odin Lloyd, and subsequent findings of links to other shootings and incidents, the 23-year old Hernandez is now reported to have rented a secret “flop house,” a place typically reserved for minimal services such as storage.
According to a report Wednesday from media sources, Hernandez, who is now one of 29 NFL players arrested since the Super Bowl, had reportedly leased a $1,200 per month apartment in Franklin, Mass. State police found boxes of ammunition, a sweatshirt and a baseball cap, among other items in the apartment.
Police found out about the apartment from Carlos Ortiz, one of Hernandez’s friends, who said he was with the former NFL star the night he allegedly made plans to shoot Lloyd. The articles of clothing recovered from the apartment are similar to what Hernandez had worn the night of the crime, June 17.
According to a media report:
“The white sweatshirt could be used … to assist in linking Hernandez to the scene of the crime,” wrote Trooper Michael Bates, in an affidavit in support of one of the search warrants. “The baseball hat could help provide the whereabouts of Hernandez on the Friday night before the homicide,” Bates wrote.
Media sources in Boston provided the list of items recovered, which include:
•» A white hoodie “consistent in color and type with the sweatshirt that Hernandez is observed to be wearing on surveillance cameras the night of the homicide.
•» A red baseball cap worn by Hernandez to a nightclub on the Friday night before the murder. Prosecutors had previously said Hernandez’s anger at Lloyd could have been sparked by an incident at that club.
•» Five boxes of .45 ammunition (the caliber of the shells found on Lloyd’s body), five boxes of rifle ammunition, and one box of .22-caliber ammunition.
•» Keys to a brand-new Hummer registered to Hernandez.
•» Paychecks from the Patriots and Puma.
•» A bag from Kay Jewelers.
•» A valet receipt from the W Hotel in Boston.
•» A Western Union receipt.
•» A Hertz car rental agreement.
Lloyd, who was dumped at an industrial complex about a mile from Hernandez’s North Attleboro (Mass) mansion after he was killed, reportedly had inside information about Hernandez’s involvement in a 2012 double-homicide in Boston. Hernandez’s attorneys say the items recovered from the Franklin apartment is circumstantial and added that he’s eager to clear his name from the murder charge.
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