NFL star Aaron Hernandez implicated in double murder
A high profile NFL star who has been indicted for murder has been named as a suspect in a double-slaying in Boston in July 2012.
Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots has been implicated in the drive by murder of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado according to newly released police documents.
The fresh allegations against Hernandez, who is currently in prison awaiting trial on a separate murder charge, emerged as his team prepares for a clash with Denver Broncos for a place in the Superbowl.
According to a police warrant, issued in June last year, there was "probable cause to believe that Aaron Hernandez was operating the suspect vehicle used in the shooting homicides and may have been the shooter."
The two men were killed after somebody fired from an SUV, a third man in the car was shot but survived.
Police obtained a warrant which was used to search an SUV at the home of Hernandez uncle in Bristol, Connecticut for gun residue.
According to the police the car seas found covered with cobwebs, leading them to believe the vehicle had been untouched for nearly a car.
Police are also understood to be examining a bag of clothing with the footballer's name on it .
They are looking for clothing which Hernandez was wearing on the night of the double murder including a baseball cap, t-shirt and training shoes.
Video surveillance footage from a nightclub showed Hernandez wearing similar clothes.
Hernandez' rise and fall has been spectacular. Born in Bristol, Connecticut, he was earmarked for a career in professional sport as he emerged as a star of college football, a proving ground for the NFL.
Some teams were said to be reluctant to take Hernandez on because of his links with gang members in his home town.
He was taken on by the New England Patriots as a tight end, a position where skill and dexterity rather than brute force is required.
The youngest player in the NFL at the start of the 2010 season, he produced a record breaking performance.
Much of the credit for his success has been attributed to Bill Belichick, the veteran team coach, who enjoys a reputation akin to Sir Alex Ferguson.
In 2012 Hernandez was rewarded with a five year extension to his contract worth $40 million.
But the following summer he was charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, 27, a charge he denies.
The police said he orchestrated the killing of Mr Lloyd having been angered at seeing him chatting to individuals with whom he was in dispute.