Hernandez, who is awaiting
trial on murder charges in a 2013 shooting near his home, was seen on
surveillance footage in the same nightclub as the victims the night of
the attack in Boston's South End, authorities have said. But the newly
released documents confirm for the first time that police suspect
Hernandez could have pulled the trigger.
A lawyer for Hernandez did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
charges have been filed in the deaths of Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu
and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, who were killed on July 16, 2012, when
somebody inside an SUV opened fire on their car. A third person was shot
In the affidavit and search warrant application
released by Superior Court in Bristol, Conn., police write that there is
probable cause to believe that Hernandez was driving the vehicle used
in the shooting and "may have been the shooter."
The affidavit was
filed on June 28 as police sought to search an SUV they say was
involved in the shooting and was found that month at Hernandez's uncle's
home in Bristol, his hometown. The SUV had been given to Hernandez by a
Rhode Island company in exchange for participating in promotional
activities, according to court filings.
The SUV was covered in
dust and cobwebs and had a dead battery, leading police to believe it
has remained untouched in the garage for close to a year, according to
the court document.
It is not clear from the affidavit why police
believe Hernandez may have pulled the trigger in the 2012 shooting. The
section of the affidavit that appears to explain that reason is one of
several redacted from the public copy of the document.
Aquilino Freire told police an SUV pulled up next to them while they
were stopped at a traffic light, and he saw someone in the SUV's back
seat laughing, according to the affidavit. Then, several gunshots were
fired from the rear passenger seat into the car, Freire told police. Two
other people in the car ran away, Freire said.
the silver Toyota 4Runner while investigating the slaying 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 to murder in that case.
According to the affidavit released
Thursday and a second warrant request released earlier this month,
police began investigating a possible link between the 2012 and 2103
shootings after receiving an anonymous call on June 22.
was identified in the court documents as Sharif Hasheem, a security
supervisor at a Boston nightclub. He told authorities the two shootings
were related and that "someone accidently spilled the beans in front of
The search warrant application also includes a request to
search a bag of clothing, identified as belonging to Hernandez, found in
the Bristol home. It says police were looking for "clothing and
accessories that Aaron Hernandez wore on the night of June 16, 2012."