Aaron Hernandez was a high school and college superstar.  Up until recently, he was well on his way to becoming an NFL superstar.  Now...he's wanted for murder.

Aaron Hernandez-Getty Images
Aaron Hernandez-Getty Images

Aaron Hernandez had a bright football career from the beginning.  He started for Bristol Central High and even set a state record with 1,799 receiving yards as a junior in 2005. The following year, he scored 17 TDs and was named the USA TODAY Sports' All-USA squad as the first-team tight end for the 2006 season.

After high school Hernandez went on to play for the University of Florida.  After three years with the Gators, he was awarded the Mackey Award and named college football's top tight end following his junior season in 2009, in which he caught 68 passes.  Soon after, he entered the 2010 NFL draft.  In the 4th round he got picked up by the New England Patriots.  Hernandez would go on to score 18 regular-season touchdowns in his three seasons with the Pats.

However, had off-field issues at Florida and his reported admission of marijuana usage didn't help his image.  Now he's wanted for murder and possibly more than one.

Prosecutors in Attleborough, Mass., charged Hernandez Wednesday June 26th, with the execution-style murder of his friend Odin Lloyd.  Investigators working on the murder case are focusing on whether the victim was killed because he might have had information about a double homicide in 2012 that investigators suspect might also be tied to Hernandez.
Two weeks after Hernandez's arrest and arraignment, Patriots owner Robert Kraft told reporters: "If this stuff is true, I've been duped, and our whole organization has been duped."  None the less, the team dropped him like a bad habit and has remained quiet as everyone waits to see how this is all going to pan out.

Now, an associate linked to the murder case against former tight end is singing like a bird to safe his own skin and told police, Hernandez fired the fatal shots.  On top of that, it's been discovered that a vehicle wanted in a double murder last year in Boston had been rented in Hernandez’s name.

Carlos Ortiz told Massachusetts investigators that another man, Ernest Wallace, said Hernandez admitted shooting semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.   Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the murder.  However prosecutors say Hernandez, Wallace and another man drove with Lloyd to an industrial park where Lloyd was fatally shot.

Ortiz gave his account of what happened, telling police that, after picking up Lloyd, the four men headed back to North Attleborough.  Along the way, Hernandez told Lloyd that he didn't like the fact that he had been “chilling” with people he had problems with.  But Ortiz told police that the two men shook hands and everything seemed cool.  However, it obviously wasn't.  According to Ortiz’s account, soon after the car stopped, and everyone but him got out to "urinate".  Then he heard a gunshot before Hernandez and Wallace got back into the car without Lloyd and the vehicle sped away.

Ortiz and Wallace faces an accessory to murder charge in the case and has pleaded not guilty.  As further developments unfold, we will keep you posted




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