Aaron Hernandez appears during an arraignment. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)
Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY
A search warrant request released Thursday indicates former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez may have been the gunman in a 2012 double murder, according to The Associated Press.
The newly released documents are the first confirmation police are investigating whether Hernandez carried out the shooting. Authorities have also said that security footage from a nightclub in Boston's South End places Hernandez in the same location as the victims the night of the 2012 murder. No charges have been filed in the case.
The victims, Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, were killed July, 16 2012 when a gunman inside an SUV shot at their car. A third victim was shot, but survived the attack.
According to a police affidavit and searched warrant application released June 28 by the Bristol, Conn. Superior Court, there is probable cause that Hernandez was the driver of the SUV used in the shooting, and "may have been the shooter."
The affidavit was the result of a police search of the SUV they said was involved in the shooting. The automobile was found at the home of Hernandez's uncle in Bristol. According to court records, the SUV was a gift to Hernandez by a Rhode Island company in exchange for promotional services.
Hernandez is also awaiting trial on murder charges for the June 2013 homicide of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player and known associate of Hernandez. The death took place near Hernandez's North Attleborough, Mass. home.
Authorities discovered the SUV while they investigated the Lloyd murder, to which Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.