We’ve noticed over the past few days an interesting theory regarding the death of Odin Lloyd. Some have speculated about a Jayson Williams-type situation, with Lloyd accidentally shot at the home of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Then, instead of owning up to the incident, those involved opted to try to cover it all up.
But there’s a significant difference. As the Boston Globe reported on Thursday night, Lloyd was shot not just once — and the shooting didn’t occur in Hernandez’s home.
“He was killed where they found the body,” an unnamed law enforcement official told the Globe. “He was shot multiple times.”
Also, FOX 25 reported that Hernandez’s neighbors heard “gunshots” between 3:00 and 3:30 a.m. on Monday. Not one shot, but multiple shots. (As a practical matter, the sound of a single gunshot may wake someone up, but it won’t necessarily register with the witness as the sound of a gun. Multiple shots give the witness a better chance to realize what is being heard.)
The competing reports from the Globe and FOX 25 raise a good question regarding the ability of Hernandez’s neighbors to hear the gunshots, if they were fired not at Hernandez’s house but at the industrial park where Lloyd’s body was found. An overhead image of the area shows that, as the crow flies (or any other type of bird or winged mammal), what would appear to be the rear of the industrial park isn’t far from Hernandez’s house, which is on the other side of a fairly thin slice of woods.
So the sound would have a chance to travel from the industrial park to the neighborhood, especially if (as it appears) this is an area that doesn’t generate much noise at 3:00 a.m. on a Monday.