BRISTOL, CONN. - Investigators believe former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez may have asked his girlfriend to get rid of the gun allegedly used to kill Odin Lloyd the day after the shooting, according to newly unsealed search warrants.
Two warrants seeking a search of a Bristol storage facility, detail the possibility that Shayanna Jenkins took a gun safe or lock box out of Hernandez's North Attleboro home at his instruction the day after Lloyd's body was discovered.
About an hour after receiving a cryptic text message from Hernandez, surveillance video footage shows Jenkins carrying a rigid object the size of a lock box or safe out of the house and into the yard. She places the item, which was obscured by clothing, in her sister's car, which she had asked to use to go to the bank, the documents said. Jenkins returned about 35 minutes later without the object.
In the documents, police surmised Jenkins may have either dumped weapons - including the gun used to the kill Lloyd - in the woods in Massachusetts, or later brought them to US Storage in Bristol where Hernandez paid for a unit.
Investigators found a credit card payment made by Hernandez to "Storagebristol, Bristol, CT" among his financial records. Police were able to trace the payment to the Mountain Road storage facility, the warrant said.
A .22-caliber gun was found in woods near Hernandez's home and a short distance from the road where Jenkins traveled. The gun is not the weapon that killed Lloyd, investigators said in the warrants.
Hernandez has been charged with Lloyd's murder. Two other Bristol residents, Ernest Wallace, and Carlos Ortiz, are facing charges in connection with the killings.
Police in Connecticut have executed seven search warrants in Bristol and spent days using divers to scour Pine Lake looking for evidence connecting Hernandez and his associates to the murder. Several of the warrants have focused on an address in Bristol where several Hernandez family members live, including Tanya Singleton. Previous search warrants said Singleton used an alias to purchase a bus ticket for Wallace from Georgia to Florida in the days after the killing.
Police searched the Bristol storage facility in July looking for guns and any other evidence used in the murder. Investigators seized some company records and a silver lock during the searches.
Hernandez, Wallace and Ortiz have been held on bond since their arrest. According to the Hartford Courant, Tanya Singleton-Valderrama, who is also known by the names Tanya Cummings and Tanya Singleton-Cummings, a cousin of Hernandez, has been held on contempt charges in Massachusetts since Aug. 1 after refusing to testify in front of a grand jury in the murder case against the former football star.
Bristol Press staff writer Lluvia Mares contributed to this story.