January 16, 2014 / 9:25 PM / in 4 years

Connecticut police seek evidence tying ex-NFL star to 2012 slayings: reports

BOSTON (Reuters) - Connecticut police have searched a car looking for evidence that could link ex-National Football League star Aaron Hernandez, who is awaiting trial on a 2013 murder, with an unsolved 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston, local media reported on Thursday.

Court papers unsealed in Bristol, Connecticut, showed that police searched a silver SUV owned by Hernandez’ uncle because they “believe that Aaron Hernandez was operating the suspect vehicle used in the shooting homicides of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado and may have been the shooter,” the Boston Globe reported, citing the court papers.

The papers could not be immediately obtained by Reuters.

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez mouths words with family members after he appeared in court at the Fall River Justice Center in Fall River, Massachusetts December 23, 2013. REUTERS/Matt Stone/Pool

Hernandez was a top tight end for the New England Patriots before he was arrested last June and charged with the execution-style murder of Odin Lloyd, an associate and semi-professional football player.

Hernandez, who was dropped by the Patriots shortly after his arrest, has pleaded not guilty to charges including the Lloyd killing and firearms violations.

Law enforcement officials had previously confirmed that police were investigating whether Hernandez was involved in the July 2012 murder of Abreu and Furtado, who were killed in a hail of bullets while driving in a BMW sedan through Boston’s theater district.

Reporting by Scott Malone, editing by G Crosse

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