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.
Updated 3:53pm ET