Hernandez Arraignment

Aaron Hernandez is arraigned in Attleboro District Court, Wednesday, June 26. (File photo Photo by Mike George)

NORTH ATTLEBORO - A white hooded sweatshirt consistent with the one allegedly worn by Aaron Hernandez on the night an acquaintance was killed has been recovered at a Franklin condominium he rented.

The key piece of evidence was recovered, along with numerous rounds of various ammunition, including .45-caliber ammo, the same caliber as the handgun used in the June 17 murder, according to search warrant records in Wrentham District Court.

The former New England Patriots tight end faces murder charges in what authorities say was the execution-style slaying of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd in a secluded clearing of the North Attleboro Industrial Park.

Hernandez, 23, was allegedly seen on surveillance cameras wearing a white hooded sweatshirt the night Lloyd was fatally shot, according to the search warrant records.

The former $40 million NFL star, whose home is in the upscale Westwood Estates in North Attleboro, has pleaded innocent and is being held in jail without bail.

Among other clothing, authorities also recovered a cranberry colored baseball cap with a light blue front panel with the word "society" written backwards in white letters.

The baseball cap was similar to one Hernandez was allegedly seen wearing outside a Boston night club June 14 and was shown on Channel 7 News in Boston, according to the court records.

"The white sweatshirt could be used to assist in linking Hernandez to the scene of the crime," Trooper Michael Bates, a state police detective with the Bristol County District Attorney's Office, wrote in his affidavit.

"The baseball hat could help provide the whereabouts of Hernandez on the Friday night before the homicide. This night, in particular, is a critical aspect in the timeline of events leading up to the homicide," Bates wrote.

In addition, authorities also found inside the condo a valet parking ticket from the W Hotel, a luxury hotel in Boston within walking distance of the Rumor nightclub, according to the search warrant records.

Prosecutors allege Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd's murder because he was angry Lloyd had spoken on June 14 with people at the club with whom he had trouble.

Authorities were told about the condo at 599 Old West St., in Franklin, by Carlos Ortiz, 27, who is from Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, Conn., according to the search warrant records.

Ortiz was interviewed June 25, the day before Hernandez was arrested, and told authorities he and Hernandez went to the condo the night of the murder, and that he inadvertently had left his cellphone at the condo, according to the search warrant records.

Police say they recovered a cellphone of similar make and model as the one Ortiz told them he left in the condo, according to the records.

Ortiz was charged with unlawfully carrying a firearm in connection with the case and is being held in jail without bail.

Authorities also corroborated the information about the condo with Hernandez's barber and obtained the one-year lease indicating Hernandez rented it in May for $1,200 a month, according to the search warrant records.

The barber told them he had been to the condo and had cellphone text messages allegedly from Hernandez giving him the address, according to the search warrant records.

The Wrentham District Court records were released Tuesday and are not subject to the impoundment order by Attleboro District Court Judge Daniel O'Shea for records filed in that court in connection with the case.

O'Shea told lawyers at a hearing Monday that his order did not apply to search warrants filed in connection with the search of the Franklin condo and a Hummer found there because it was not in his jurisdiction.

State and local police searched the Franklin condo the day Hernandez was arrested and towed away the Hummer.

Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter, declined to comment, citing the gag order issued in the case after Hernandez was arraigned last Wednesday.

Lawyers for Hernandez did not return calls from The Sun Chronicle seeking comment.

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