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Saturday
Jul062013

Patriots Offer Fans Aaron Hernandez Jersey Trade

Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- New England Patriots fans looking to get rid of their No. 81 Aaron Hernandez jerseys are in luck.

The New England Patriots ProShop is offering a free jersey exchange this weekend for anyone who bought a Hernandez jersey from their brick-and-mortar location in Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., or through its affiliated online store, ABC affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston reported.

Fans can trade the former tight end's jersey, who was arrested on murder charges, for a new Patriots jersey of comparable value.

"We know that children love wearing their Patriots jerseys, but may not understand why parents don't want them wearing their Hernandez jerseys anymore," New England Patriots spokesperson Stacey James told WCVB-TV. "We hope this opportunity to exchange those jerseys at the Patriots ProShop for another player's jersey will be well received by parents."

Meanwhile, Hernandez's jerseys are selling online for as much as twice their original cost.

A spokeswoman for eBay provided a statement to ABC News on Monday saying the listings related to Aaron Hernandez do not violate eBay policies.

"However, if Hernandez is convicted, we will evaluate items as appropriate under the section of our Offensive Materials policy," eBay said in the statement.

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Saturday
Jun292013

Third Man Charged With Acting as Accessory in Hernandez Murder Case

iStockphoto(MIRAMAR, Fla.) -- The third man arrested in connection with the Aaron Hernandez murder case was being held without bail Saturday after he appeared in court in Florida to be arraigned on a charge of acting as an accessory after murder.

Ernest Wallace, 41, turned himself after his wanted poster was released Thursday night. He told police in Miramar, Fla., "that he saw his name in news reports and knew he had a warrant for his arrest," according to an announcement from police.

Wallace was being held pending his return to Massachusetts to face charges.

It was unclear whether he would challenge extradition to Massachusetts, but state authorities there told ABC News there have been no arrangements made at this point to transport him.

Authorities confirmed that Wallace, along with Hernandez and Carlos Ortiz, of Bristol, Conn., who allegedly were there when 27-year-old Odin Lloyd was murdered, were all in custody.

Massachusetts prosecutors say that even though Lloyd, a semi-pro football player, was a friend of Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end allegedly murdered him on June 17.

In the days before the killing, authorities said, Hernandez and Lloyd had a dispute about people Lloyd was talking to at a nightclub. Then on June 17, Hernandez allegedly took Lloyd on a drive with two other people and shot him five times, execution-style. Lloyd first tried to fight, according to a gruesome description laid out in court Thursday, but he was no match for .45-caliber bullets.

Hernandez pled not guilty to the murder charge.

Ortiz, 27, also pled not guilty at his court appearance in North Attleboro, Mass. on Friday. He was ordered to be held without bail on weapons charges.

Prosecutors have not revealed much about the final dispute between Lloyd and Hernandez or details on the NFL star's alleged motive in the killing.

Law-enforcement sources told ABC News that detectives are focusing on whether Lloyd was killed because of information he might have had concerning a July 2012 double homicide for which Hernandez is now being investigated.

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Saturday
Jun222013

Cops Back at Aaron Hernandez's Home

Michael DeHoog/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images(NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass.) -- Police were back at the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Saturday, and entered this house carrying paperwork.

Hernandez is the subject of an arrest warrant drawn up on obstruction of justice charges based on the possible destruction of evidence in connection with the shooting death of his friend, ABC News has learned.

But as of late Friday, a warrant had been drawn up but yet not issued by the court, according to a spokesman for the Attleborough District Court, which covers Hernandez's town.

Police sources told ABC News on Thursday that a major investigative tool -- the security system at Hernandez's home, which included video -- had been intentionally destroyed. His cell phone was handed over to police "in pieces," and appeared to have been smashed.

Police also want to know why a team of house cleaners were hired on Monday to scrub Hernandez's mansion, the sources said.

Evidence is mounting that Hernandez and the victim, Odin Lloyd, 27, a semi-pro football player, had been together at several nightclubs during the course of the weekend, including the night before Lloyd's body was found, several law enforcement sources told ABC News.

The star NFL player has not been ruled out as a suspect in Lloyd's murder, sources said, but the warrant that has been issued does not include a murder allegation.

Hernandez returned to his home Friday evening, sitting in the backseat of a car driven by his lawyer.

Hernandez's attorney, Michael Fee, has not commented on the investigation but released a statement Thursday saying: "It has been widely reported in the media that the state police have searched the home of our client, Aaron Hernandez, as part of an ongoing investigation. Out of respect for that process, neither we nor Aaron will have any comment about the substance of that investigation until it has come to a conclusion."

Hernandez has been at the center of the investigation since Lloyd's body was found shot in the back of the head in a scrubby clearing of an industrial park roughly a mile from the Patriots star's $1.7 million mansion in North Attleborough, Mass., on Monday.

Lloyd was believed to have been killed sometime before dawn on Monday, although his body was not discovered until Monday evening by a teenage jogger.

Surveilance videos from nightclubs and in the area of Hernandez's home show Hernandez, Lloyd and two other men together in the hours before Lloyd was shot in the head.

Police are also investigating "other incidents of violence" that Hernandez is suspected of being involved in, two sources told ABC News.

Hernandez is being sued by a former friend who lost his eye after he claims the Patriots player shot him in the face in February. A lawsuit in that case stated that Hernandez "possessed a gun he was not legally licensed to have."

In the lawsuit initially filed in federal court on June 13, attorneys representing Alexander Bradley, 32, said that Hernandez and several others were at Tootsie's strip club in Miami on Feb. 13 when Bradley and Hernandez got into an argument. The group then left the club, and while driving towards Palm Beach, Hernandez's gun discharged inside the vehicle.

"It fired, and a bullet went through my client's arm and blew out his right eye," attorney David Jaroslawicz told ABCNews.com. "It has been enucleated -- replaced with a prosthetic eye. He has also lost use of his right arm."

The victim, however, apparently did not tell Palm Beach County sheriffs who responded that the shooter was his friend Aaron Hernandez. The tight end's name is not mentioned on the police report.

Hernandez was also questioned about a shooting when he was a college student, but he was not charged in the case.

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