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Aaron Hernandez

I Didn't Shoot Murder Witness in the Face ...

To Intimidate Him

5/21/2015 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Aaron Hernandez pled not guilty to witness intimidation -- denying that he shot his friend in the face to keep him from testifying in a double murder investigation. 

According to the district attorney's office, Hernandez intimidated his friend Alexander Bradley -- who allegedly witnessed the tight-end shoot and kill Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu in 2012 over a spilled drink.

Hernandez has pled not guilty to the murder charges.

The Suffolk County DA believes Hernandez was paranoid about cops watching him after the murders ... and shot Bradley while driving home from a club in Florida.

Bradley survived, but lost an eye in the shooting.

FYI ... looks like Hernandez got some new prison ink too... a star on his neck included with the word "lifetime."

Interesting choice -- given his life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

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Report: Aaron Hernandez

Busted for Being Lookout

in Prison Fight

5/20/2015 6:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0417-aaron-hernandez-getty-01More trouble for convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez -- the ex-NFL star was reportedly busted by prison officials this week for being a lookout (poorly, it appears) in a violent prison fight. 

The fight was gang-related, says CNN ... which reports Hernandez agreed to help out an inmate who went into another prisoner's cell and attacked him. 

Shocking, considering Hernandez is currently locked up at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center -- one of the most high-tech maximum security prisons in the country. 

Then again, he's already got a life sentence ... so what does he care?! 

It's not the first time Hernandez has been involved in a fight behind bars -- TMZ Sports broke the story Hernandez fought an inmate at Bristol County Jail back in 2014. 

He was charged for that attack ... and for threatening a jail guard. 

Aaron Hernandez

I Didn't Take Pleasure

In Odin Lloyd's Death

5/15/2015 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0515-aaron-hernandez-GETTY-01Aaron Hernandez claims he should NOT have been convicted of 1st degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd -- claiming the killing was not "cruel" enough to warrant such a harsh charge. 

Hernandez's lawyers filed new court docs challenging the verdict in the Lloyd case ... in which they spell out why Aaron should have, at most, been convicted of 2ND degree murder instead. 

Here's why ... 

Team Hernandez says 1st degree murder requires either premeditation or extreme cruelty. Aaron's lawyers say the ex-NFL star was NOT convicted on premeditation so they're attacking the "cruelty" angle. 

In the docs, AH's lawyers state ... since Lloyd was shot 6 times and died "rapidly," there's no evidence of suffering. Furthermore, they say no witnesses heard Lloyd yell or scream. 

There's more ... AH's lawyers say to prove cruelty, you must also show the killer "took pleasure" or was indifferent about killing. Team Hernandez says there was no evidence to show Hernandez "took pleasure in any suffering experienced by Lloyd." 

Long story short ... AH's team believes Lloyd's murder was a run of the mill gun death -- nothing more or less cruel than any other. 

Now, it's up to the judge who will decide whether or not to overturn the verdict. 

Aaron Hernandez Fiancee

Perjury Charge Dropped

After Helping Convict NFL Star

5/15/2015 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The judge in the Aaron Hernandez murder case ... the first one ... has officially thrown out the perjury charge against Aaron's fiancee Shayanna Jenkins after she provided testimony that led to the conviction of the ex-NFL star. 

Jenkins had struck a deal with prosecutors before she got on the stand -- she would talk and in exchange they would toss out a previous perjury charge.

The perjury charge stemmed from comments Jenkins made to the grand jury in 2013 regarding a gun in her home ... that may have been the weapon used to murder Odin Lloyd. If convicted, she faced up to 20 years behind bars. 

Prosecutors say Jenkins' testimony at the trial -- that she helped Aaron dispose of a mystery box after Odin's death -- helped them win the case. 

The operating theory is that the box contained the murder weapon. 

Now, Hernandez is doing life in prison ... and Shayanna is off the hook. 

Aaron Hernandez

Charged for Shooting Murder Witness In Face

... Allegedly

5/11/2015 12:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Aaron Hernandez has just been charged with witness intimidation for allegedly shooting a man IN THE FACE ... a man who officials believe witnessed the ex-NFL star murder 2 other people. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Hernandez was sued by Alexander Bradley, who claims Aaron pulled out a gun and shot him on their way home from a strip club in 2013. 

Officials say Bradley was present when Hernandez opened fire on a car in Boston in 2012, killing 2 people who were leaving a nightclub. 

According to prosecutors, Hernandez "shot him in the face on the morning of Feb. 13, 2013, and left him to die on the side of the road in Riviera Beach, Florida, after [Bradley] made a remark about the homicides."

Officials say Hernandez shot Bradley "with the intent to impede a Suffolk County criminal investigation."

If convicted, Hernandez could face up to 10 years in prison ... which seems irrelevant since he's already doing life for a murder conviction in Connecticut. 

Odin Lloyd's Mom

Re-Files Wrongful Death Suit

Against Hernandez AND Patriots

4/22/2015 7:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Odin Lloyd's mother is moving forward with a wrongful death lawsuit against Aaron Hernandez AND the New England Patriots ... hoping to collect on the MILLIONS she claims the team was supposed to pay the former tight end. 

Ursula Ward has re-filed docs in state court in Massachusetts that she originally filed back in 2013 ... claiming Hernandez should be held financially liable for the wrongful death of her son.  

Of course, Hernandez was convicted of Lloyd's murder -- so, Ward has a pretty solid case against Aaron. 

But in the suit, Ward also names the New England Patriots as "reach and apply defendants" -- meaning that if she wins ... she wants to be able to collect her judgment from the Pats. 

Now, this is important because Ward claims that Hernandez has a right to collect $3.25 million of a signing bonus that she claims was due back in March 2014. 

Ward does not specify how much she's demanding from Hernandez. 

Aaron Hernandez

Victim's Mom Mulling Lawsuit

... Over Son's Murder

4/22/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0421-ursula-lloyd-GETTY-01Odin Lloyd's mother tells TMZ Sports ... she's still deciding whether or not she will file a wrongful death lawsuit against Aaron Hernandez ... a lawsuit that could potentially be worth MILLIONS of dollars.

With Hernandez having been convicted of murdering the former semi-pro football player, the odds are extremely good that Lloyd's family would win a civil case against him. 

And since Hernandez was an NFL star who made MILLIONS during his brief career ... there's real money on the line. 

But when we spoke with Ursula Ward this week, she told us she had not made up her mind about whether she will go through with the lawsuit. 

Ward wouldn't explain why she's on the fence -- but sometimes, grieving families would rather move on with their lives instead of reliving the nightmare in another high profile case ... no matter how much money is at stake. 

Hernandez Double Murder Case

Victim's Family Still Patriots Fans

4/20/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The family of one of the victims in the Aaron Hernandez double murder case says they will still root for the Patriots ... and will not hold Aaron's heinous crimes against the NFL team. 

We spoke with Susan Vincente ... cousin of Safiro Furtado, one of the two people killed in a drive-by shooting outside a Boston-area nightclub back in 2013. Hernandez is the prime suspect. 

"He needs to be brought to justice," Susan says ... "My cousin never had an enemy. He was calm and loving."

Susan says Safiro's mother is still devastated over the death of her son -- "It's still an open wound. It's been tough for her since day 1." 

Officials say Hernandez plotted the attack because someone in Furtado's party accidentally spilled a drink on the former NFL star inside the club. Hernandez has been charged with murder and his trial is expected to begin later this year. 

But when it comes to the Patriots, Susan says she does NOT hold anyone in the organization responsible for the murder -- "I'm still a Patriots fan. [Aaron] was just one person."

Tim Tebow's Parents

We're Praying for Aaron Hernandez

4/17/2015 11:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Aaron Hernandez will be on the receiving end of some serious prayers from Tim Tebow's parents ... so says a rep for the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association

FYI -- Aaron and Tim were teammates at the University of Florida ... and Tim considered Aaron a good friend at the time. 

We spoke with a rep for the BTEA who tells us the Hernandez trial has been a hot topic at the association headquarters in Jacksonville ... and the decision was made to pray for Aaron's soul. 

"I can tell you that the situation has been mentioned by some people in the office the last few days and I know that Bob and Pam and the entire Tebow family haven't said much ... but they will absolutely be praying for Aaron Hernandez."

The rep continued, "We will actually dedicate a prayer to Hernandez on Tuesday."

The family of Odin Lloyd will also be a target for prayer -- with the rep saying, "We can be praying for [Hernandez] as well as all affected from the situation."

The rep added, "The Tebows are the real deal. They truly care about people and always want the best for everybody."

Aaron Hernandez

On Suicide Watch

... After Murder Conviction

4/16/2015 3:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Aaron Hernandez has been placed on suicide watch at the prison where he is temporarily being held ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

After Hernandez was convicted of murdering Odin Lloyd, he was transported to MCI Cedar Junction in Massachusetts ... where he will stay until he is transferred to his permanent prison. 

We're told he has been isolated from the general inmate population -- not only for his own protection (since he's a high profile inmate), but so officials can evaluate him ... and determine where he will stay at the prison. 

As far as the suicide watch goes, we're told it's not that uncommon for someone who just got sentenced to life behind bars. Unclear how long Aaron will stay on suicide watch.

Aaron Hernandez

Headed to Ultra-High Tech

Maximum Security Prison

4/15/2015 11:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0415-aaron-hernandez-fa-getty-01The prison that Aaron Hernandez will eventually call home is widely considered one of the most high-tech maximum security facilities in the country ... and maybe even the world ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We spoke with an official from the Massachusetts Dept. of Correction who tells us ... Hernandez will eventually end up at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Mass. 

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This place is insane (as far as prisons go) ... with 366 security cameras rolling 24/7 across 18 acres of land.

Officials say the computer system that operates just about every inch of the grounds is top-of -the- line stuff.

We're told the perimeter surveillance system includes taut wire and microwave detection systems ... and according to reports, no one has EVER successfully escaped from the prison. 

There's more ... according to reports, inmates must wear white sneakers to avoid gang colors. They're also allowed to display photos of family members -- but NO NAKED WOMEN are allowed to be displayed ... which might be an issue for A.H. considering his penchant for nude art

Before he ends up at SBCC, we're told Aaron will spend some time at MCI-Cedar Junction ... a transitional facility that's only a few miles from the stadium where the Patriots play. 

While there, we're told inmates are NOT allowed to have conjugal visits ... which sucks, but then again, maybe he shoulda thought about that before he killed Odin Lloyd.  

New England Patriots

Mum's the Word

on Aaron Hernandez

4/15/2015 9:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The New England Patriots are continuing to distance themselves from ANYTHING connected to Aaron Hernandez -- which is why team officials tell us they will NOT be issuing a statement on Wednesday's murder conviction. 

It's an interesting P.R. move for the team -- considering owner Bob Kraft was called as a witness during the murder trial. Kraft testified that Hernandez told him he didn't kill Odin Lloyd. 

The team could have strongly condemned Hernandez -- and reiterated they knew nothing about what he was doing in his personal life during his time with the team. 

But instead, it seems they're using the "Voldemort" strategy -- preferring not to speak his name at all. 

Aaron Hernandez

He's a Disgrace to Our City

... Says Mayor of Bristol

4/15/2015 8:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Aaron Hernandez isn't just a murderer -- he's a stain on the city of Bristol ... so says the mayor. 

We spoke with Mayor Kenneth B. Cockayne ... who tells us the entire community is disgusted with Hernandez, who grew up in Bristol. 

"He was a role model for the kids and adults of Bristol -- and now the hearts of those children are crushed."

"We're sick of this case, and I'm glad it's over. It puts a bad light on our whole town. He shed a lot of bad light on all of us."

"Aaron Hernandez does not define this community."

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