By Chuck Schilken
3:14 PM EDT, July 3, 2013
The search of Aaron Hernandez's secret "flop house" has turned up what could be key evidence in the murder case against the former New England tight end.
Police found a sweat shirt and baseball cap similar to those worn by Hernandez on the night of Odin Lloyd's death, as well as boxes of ammunition, at the Franklin, Mass., apartment, according to search warrant records.
Police say they learned about the apartment, described as a "flop house" in court documents, from Carlos Ortiz, a friend of Hernandez's whom prosecutors say was with the ex-player the night he allegedly arranged the shooting of Odin Lloyd.
The clothing could help place Hernandez at the crime scene and determine where he was before the killing.
Hernandez is being held on first-degree murder charges in the slaying of Lloyd, a 27-year-old acquaintance whose bullet-riddled body was found less than a mile from the football player’s home in North Attleborough, Mass.
He also faces five gun-related charges. He entered a plea of not guilty to all six charges.
His attorneys say the evidence against Hernandez is circumstantial.
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