Photo emerges of Hernandez posing with Glock in 2009

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Many stories have emerged in recent days about Aaron Hernandez’s history.  A picture posted on TMZ earlier today arguably trumps them all.

In the photo that, per TMZ, was taken in Gainesville, Florida in 2009, Hernandez stands in front of a mirror, phone in one hand and handgun in the other.  It’s a Glock pointed up, with his finger on the trigger.

Apart from the charge of murdering Odin Lloyd, Hernandez faces multiple weapons counts.

While Hernandez is entitled to the presumption of innocence and can be found guilty of killing Lloyd only if the authorities introduce proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Hernandez was responsible for Lloyd’s death, someone killed Lloyd within a mile of Hernandez’s home late at night in an industrial park in a quiet Massachusetts town.  The timeline set forth exhaustively by prosecutor Bill McCauley on Wednesday demonstrates via text messages and surveillance cameras that Hernandez and Lloyd were together not long before Lloyd was killed.

Even in the absence of “direct” evidence that Hernandez shot Lloyd or ordered the shooting, the circumstantial evidence paints an ugly picture for Hernandez.  If everything McCauley said is true, who killed Lloyd if it wasn’t Hernandez or one of the other two guys in the car?

40 responses to “Photo emerges of Hernandez posing with Glock in 2009

  1. .

    Offered as a point of reference:

    Massachusetts ranks 50th in murder by guns in the US. This is an extraordinary case for the investigators and prosecutors. It’s definitely not business as usual.

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  2. Just wait a few months and Aaron Hernandez will cop a plea (like Ray) . He will then pay off the family to settle a civil suit (like Ray and sort of like O.J ).He will then be signed, and announced as the new face if the Ravens franchise replacing Ray Lewis.

  3. While Hernandez is entitled to the presumption of innocence
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    He’s only entitled to that in a court of law and only by the judge and jury.

    If the prosecutors presumed him to be innocent then why are they arresting and prosecuting an “innocent” person?

  4. This guy! He might have a long time to think about some of the decisions he has made. I don’t understand why some rich people cannot let their “tough guy” side go. Be rich and be happy! It is nothing wrong with having zero worries. Lights off Mr. Hernandez!! I mean lights off number807629087!

  5. This is why we don’t do favors for troubled young athletes when we keep babying them and allowing them to avoid the consequences for their actions.

    From all that we’ve seen come out over the past couple of weeks, Hernandez was basically a ticking time bomb who showed warning signs of serious problems for years. But he wasn’t held accountable for a lot of his mess because he was a talented athlete. Maybe if he had the hammer brought down on him earlier he might not have gotten to this point in life thinking he could get away with anything just because of who he is.

  6. One should never underestimate the persuasiveness of a so-called “circumstantial evidence” case. Two such high profile cases come to mind, with one defendant now sitting on death row, and the other having been executed.

  7. Tuck Rule
    Video cheating
    Hernandez with a gun..

    According to Patriot Fans…Come on, these things happen in football – the everybody is doing it defense.

  8. bigdaddy44 says: Jun 26, 2013 11:19 PM

    Just wait a few months and Aaron Hernandez will cop a plea (like Ray) . He will then pay off the family to settle a civil suit (like Ray and sort of like O.J ).He will then be signed, and announced as the new face if the Ravens franchise replacing Ray Lewis.

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    bigdaddy44 says: Jun 26, 2013 11:19 PM

    Just wait a few seconds and Aaron Hernandez will cop a plea (like Ray), which will be denied because he is actually guilty. He will then also pay off the family to settle a civil suit (like Ray and sort of like O.J ). The Patriot fans will then be resigned to losing and unfair treatment and Putin will step in again to tell them to stop whining.

  9. One picture is worth a thousand words.

    All kidding aside, if this is the player that Belichick and Kraft would draft a year later, and we’re only finding out about how gangsta he is now, then Belichick and the Pats’ FO have done a damn good job keeping him out of trouble/out of the news these past few years.

    Last August they gave him a 12.5 million signing bonus, 9 million payable over the following 7 months (roughly in AH’s bank around March) and look what happened.

    Just this year alone he’s being sued for shooting someone’s eye out in April and now this. A young man with a “troubled past” and more money than he can burn = trouble. SMH.

  10. In the state of Florida, you are allowed to buy guns. In a day full of “big deal” revelations, this is not one of them.

  11. 1) poor trigger discipline in that picture. Its a handgun, not a toy. looking at that picture, its clear he doesnt treat the weapon with proper respect/safety, so its no surprise he is in trouble w guns now.

    2) federal law states that you must be 21 years of age to buy a handgun from a dealer. A private sale between individuals requires age to be atleast 18. AH is 19 in that pic. If the handgun is his, I hope they backtrack to find out where it came from, and whatever the circumstances, whomever sold that handgun to AH has to go through a lot of explaining as to why they sold a handgun to such a moron of a person.

  12. who killed Lloyd if it wasn’t Hernandez or one of the other two guys in the car?
    ———————————————————
    I can’t believe a lawyer actually wrote that.

    It’s not a matter of “who did this, if not Hernandez?” …… it’s a matter of proving “Hernandez DID this”.

    You don’t convict the “most likely guy”, you convict the guy who DID it.

  13. It seems that this guy sees himself more as a bad-ass gangster than as a football player. Frankly, I think he will be quite comfortable in prison if convicted. I think he believes that is really the life he was born to live. He will be around people who share the same values as he does and he will feel totally at home and at peace with himself.

  14. “who killed Lloyd if it wasn’t Hernandez or one of the other two guys in the car?”

    Maybe it was an act of god. There is one more roster spot available for Tebow now.

  15. 6ball says: Jun 26, 2013 11:12 PM

    Offered as a point of reference:

    Massachusetts ranks 50th in murder by guns in the US.
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    lol.. doubt that… Springfield alone was ranked #9 on that most dangerous cities list a while back.

    this moments headline on a local news site:
    “Victim shot in Springfield’s North End”

    yesterdays was a double shooting 1 town over… tommorows will be another shooting most likely in an area called “the X”

    it’s literally non stop around here, nevermind worcester and all the crapholes surrounding boston.

    just looked it up, you are high..

    gun murders per 100k
    VT 0.3
    NH 0.4
    ME 0.8
    RI 1.5
    MA 1.8
    CT 2.7

    Seems to get worse the more gun control laws the state has.. lol.

  16. Aaron has rights and he is innocent
    until proven guilty. the man has money and will defend his self. we never saw him kill anybody so lets not hang him out to dry. a photo of Aaron holding a gun do not mean he killed that guy it just mean he was holding a gun and taking a photo. If we dont protect his rights now who will protect our rights later?

  17. Wonder if, as he is sitting in a jail cell, it is starting to sink-in that all his $$$ and connections ain’t gonna get him outta this predicament?

    Judging by the way he looked during the arraignment, I’d guess the answer is still “no”

    Seems like the type that will continue to deny it, clinging to the fact that police don’t have the murder weapon. Which may not matter if one or both of the other guys testify against him.

  18. vbe2 says:
    Jun 26, 2013 11:28 PM
    While Hernandez is entitled to the presumption of innocence
    =================================

    He’s only entitled to that in a court of law and only by the judge and jury.

    If the prosecutors presumed him to be innocent then why are they arresting and prosecuting an “innocent” person?

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    Please See – O.J. Simpson

  19. Psst….. N.Attleboro is not a quiet lil MA town. Like most suburbs in ma it’s got a terrible drug issue with Oxy being the most prevalent. Don’t assume that just because its got a nice section where a bunch of pats players live its a quiet lil town.

  20. Umm how does a picture of you holding a gun ‘trump’ anything?

    I personally think its lame but its common. It refutes a potential claim unfamiliarity with guns – but thats all.

  21. Did anybody else notice “BLOOD” tattooed on Aaron’s right hand in red ink? You don’t do that unless you are strongly affiliated with the bloods… and he always wears red. I’m just saying

  22. Absolutly the wrong way to handle a pistol and I believe he is guilty as hell but….

    A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

  23. While I am sure one of the three if not all three in the car were involved, good luck trying to pin it on just one guy.

    No murder weapon, no witnesses, no motive (yet?)

    The best the detectives can hope for is that the other two guys in the car both point the finger at Hernandez. Even then you will find it hard to have a jury take the words of two possible criminals who did not initially come forward.

    Do I think he did it (or at least was invovled)? Yes. Do I think they will be able to convict him of first degree murder? Absolutely not. DA will need to go for a lesser charge (or find the murder weapon with his finger prints, and only his finger prints, on it).

  24. Anyone who thinks this idiot didn’t do it is as dumb as he is. You all keep bringing up his money, well when pats ask to get several million back cuz he never even made it to training camp, he will cry poverty just like OJ and Mike Vick. Then we will see whats up.

  25. The authorities will (obviously) keep the three of them separate from one another. When questioning them, they’ll determine based on their respective answers, what story is most believable and sellable to a jury. They’ll offer to cut a deal with whoever is willing to testify in court as to what exactly took place (and it may be contingent on that one person leading them to the murder weapon, since all three likely know where it now is). It’ll be a race to the proverbial finish line to see which one of the three is willing to rat out the other(s).

    I’m not convinced he did it. I think he did, just not convinced. If he didn’t do it, he watched it and/or orchestrated it. The same can be said of O.J., it is possible he didn’t do it either, but he sure as heck watched it if he didn’t actually commit it. If you think back, it’s the one question Marcia Clark never asked: “if you didn’t do it, did you see it happen?” Sometimes prosecutors get lost in achieving the ‘end result’ rather than in genuinely finding out the truth.

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