Aaron Hernandez may have killed one man to cover up the murder of two others, according to multiple media reports.
Hernandez, a 23-year-old former tight end with the Florida Gators and the New England Patriots, was charged with the first degree murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd Wednesday following more than a week of police investigation and speculation about Hernandez's connection with the incident. Hernandez pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.
Now police are investigating Hernandez's possible connection to a double homicide July 16 in Downtown Boston. The news was first reported by Boston's Fox-Channel 25 and later reported by the Boston Globe.
The Globe stated investigators suspect Hernandez may have shot Lloyd because he had information about the former football player's link to the double homicide.
Boston police found three people shot, two fatally, as they sat in a car at a traffic light at the intersection of Shawmut Avenue and Herald Street in Boston shortly after 2 a.m., according to Fox 25.
During Hernandez's arraignment Wednesday in connection with Lloyd's death, he was accused of shooting Lloyd following a dispute. The dispute reportedly dated back to their visit to a nightclub in Boston earlier in July.
Lloyd, 27, was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée.
Hernandez was accused of what prosecutors called an "orchestrated execution" during his arraignment Wednesday. The Hartford Courant confirmed Carlos A. Ortiz, who was arrested Wednesday, also has been linked to the Hernandez investigation. Court records in connection with Ortiz's arrest along with many of the documents tied to Hernandez's arrest have been sealed and are not available for public viewing.
The Patriots parted ways with Hernandez shortly after his arrest Wednesday morning.
"A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation," the Patriots said in a statement announcing Hernandez's release from the team. "We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do."