Police End Search in Bristol Pond for Gun in Hernandez Case

Police continued to look for the gun used to kill a semi-professional football player in North Attleboro in June and investigators focused on another body of water in Aaron Hernandez’s native town of Bristol.

State Police divers searched a small pond Tuesday across from Pine Lake.  They ended the search and will not be back on Wednesday, according to Lt. Paul Vance, of the Connecticut State Police.

According to Bristol Police, there are no plans to search the area again.

Divers searched Pine Lake earlier this month in an effort to find the murder weapon, but turned up nothing.

Hernandez, a former member of the New England Patriots, has been charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, whose body was found just after 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 17 near his Massachusetts home.

Carlos Ortiz, one of Hernandez’s alleged associates, told investigators that they had met Lloyd at his Boston apartment earlier in the morning and the group traveled to North Attleboro, according to court documents.

During the ride back, Ortiz fell asleep, he said. When he woke up, the car was stopped and Hernandez, Wallace and Lloyd got out of the car to urinate.

He said he heard gunshots and Hernandez and Wallace got back into the car without Lloyd. Ortiz told investigators he could not make out who fired the shots because it was dark.

Prosecutors allege that Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd’s killing because he was upset that the man associated  with people that Hernandez had problems with.

Hernandez is being held in a Massachusetts prison in lieu of bond and has pleaded not guilty. 

Police have executed search warrants at a Bristol storage facility as well the Lake Avenue home of Hernandez’s relatives. 


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