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Aaron Hernandez Gun Found From 2012 Double Homicide

First Posted: Aug 20, 2013 09:25 AM EDT
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Well, they found the critical gun in the Aaron Hernandez murder case. Unfortunately, it was the wrong murder case. Authorities have located the gun used in the 2012 double homicide that has been linked to Hernandez, but are still searching for the handgun allegedly used by Hernandez to kill his friend Odin Lloyd earlier this summer.

The recovery of the handgun happened quite by chance. It all started when Jailene Diaz-Ramos, 19, was involved in a car crash in Springfield, Mass. Jun. 21. While doing a search of the vehicle, police found a suitcase with a handgun and ammunition inside.

"When we tow a vehicle we conduct an inventory to protect the (car) owner, the trooper and the tow company," said Lt. Daniel Richard, a spokesman for the Massachusetts State Police said.

That inventory of the vehicle led officers to find a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver stashed in a briefcase inside the vehicle. A ballistics test was run on the weapon and police were able to confirm it was the same one used in the double homicide. Diaz-Ramos said the gun did not belong to her, however, but rather some passengers of hers.

"She stated that they were football players and they put all their belongings in the trunk. She stated the she dropped them off at work and they left their belongings in the vehicle due to work," court documents said.

All Diaz-Ramos would say is that the owner of the gun was nick-named "Chicago," and that he was a football player. Diaz-Ramos was forced to pay a $1,000 fine and received a charge of illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.

The gun itself has been verified as the one that was used in the 2012 double murder of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado. The longstanding theory has been that Hernandez was involved in that murder, and furthermore, that his involvement in it was the cause of Odin Lloyd's execution.

"Law enforcement sources speculated that Odin Lloyd's knowledge of Hernandez's role in this shooting might have been a motive for his murder. Prosecutors are reportedly pushing for charges against Hernandez in the 2012 case," reports Deadspin

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