Report: Hernandez possible suspect in 2012 double murder; may be related to Lloyd’s slaying

According to Boston's Fox 25, accused murderer and former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is being investigated as a possible suspect in a 2012 double homicide (via CBS).

Early on the morning of July 16, 2012, three men were shot, two of them fatally, while sitting in a car at the Boston intersection of Shawmut Avenue and Herald Street. The victims were reportedly involved in a nightclub fight with a group that included Hernandez; witnesses said the shooters were in a silver SUV with Rhode Island plates.

The ex-Patriot and Gator was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Odin Lloyd, along with five weapons charges.

According to TMZ, Hernandez had stockpiled weapons out of a fear that "someone wanted him dead" in relation to his having joined a gang as a teenager.

In a new report, the Boston Globe quotes a law enforcement official who says Lloyd's knowledge of Hernandez's involvement in the double murder may have been the motive in Lloyd's killing:

The officials said investigators now believe that Odin Lloyd, the man Hernandez is charged with killing in a North Attleborough industrial park June 17, may have had information about Hernandez’s role in the double slaying.

“The motive might have been that the victim knew [Hernandez] might have been involved,” one of the officials said.

Hernandez was denied bail in a hearing Thursday afternoon, during which the judge described the state's case as "circumstantial but very, very strong."

According to ADA William McCauley, a Wednesday night search of a vehicle owned by and condominium rented by Hernandez turned up .45 caliber ammunition and a clip for a .45 caliber weapon. .45 caliber ammunition was also found at the scene of Lloyd's murder.

It was even suggested by McCauley that a Glock .45 shown in a selfie taken by Hernandez may be the murder weapon, which has not yet been recovered.

Updated 3:53pm ET

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