CIVIL SUIT UPDATE

Alexander Bradley, the man suing ex-Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, has responded to Hernandez’s request for a delay until his murder charges are resolved.  In a motion filed by his lawyer, he argues there’s no reason to delay because the cases are not related and have no overlapping issues.  Bradley claims that Hernandez shot him in the face during an argument.  His attorneys further say that any delays would be “highly prejudicial” to Bradley’s case because there is no telling how long it will take for Hernandez’s criminal case to conclude.

Bradley’s attorneys assert “delaying this case, for what could be years, would be extremely prejudicial to Mr. Bradley in terms of seeking compensation for the very severe injuries he suffered…”

Bradley said Hernandez fired at him during a limo ride after leaving a strip club in Miami, Florida and Hernandez intentionally “possessed a gun which he was not legally licensed to…”  Bradley says he lost sight in one eye and is still receiving medical treatment.  Hernandez is arguing that he will not be able to defend himself against this lawsuit because he is also facing murder and weapons charges stemming from the murder of Odin Lloyd.  Hernandez’s lawyers state “it is beyond any reasonable contention that the issues in Bristol County (Massachusetts)…overlap those of this case.”

Bradley did testify at the grand jury proceedings that resulted in Hernandez’s indictment.  Prosecutors wouldn’t specify why he testified, but Bradley’s attorney said that they wanted to relate Hernandez’s alleged behavior with Bradley to Lloyd.  Hernandez maintains it would be difficult to defend himself adequately against both from a jail cell where he is being held without bail.  His lawyers also argue that if he had to answer questions in the civil suit he would have to plead the Fifth and that some people believe that to be an admission of guilt in certain jurisdictions.

Bradley’s attorneys cited case law saying that invoking the Fifth Amendment rights of an individual does not compel or call for an adverse judgment and that the possibility of suffering a disadvantage in the eyes of others doesn’t justify a delay.

DOUBLE HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION UPDATE

Investigators believe that Hernandez’s uncle’s home could hold clues in both Lloyd’s murder and the murders of Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado.

Ernest Wallace (left) and Carlos Ortiz (right), Hernandez’s friends who also face charges in the murder of Odin Lloyd, were hanging out at Hernandez’s uncle’s house before Aaron Hernandez called them to go out with him.  Prosecutors say that’s when they killed Odin Lloyd.  Connecticut police searched the home and found an SUV that Hernandez had previously rented.  This vehicle matches the description of the car that Massachusetts police are looking for in connection with a July 2012 drive-by that killed two people near a Boston nightclub.

Hernandez never lived in the home, but many people close to him did.  Wallace had been living at the home as had Carlos Ortiz, who stayed there off and on.  According to police, both men left the home, allegedly accompanying Hernandez to murder Lloyd, and then returned to the home.  Police say that they are scrutinizing Hernandez’s circle of friends during their investigation.

Tanya Singleton (left), Hernandez’s cousin, and her deceased husband, T.L. Singleton also lived at the home.  T.L. Singleton was killed in a car accident in June.  At the time, Singleton was a suspected heroin trafficker and was facing criminal charges.  Hernandez’s uncle, Andres Valderamma lives there with another daughter, Jennifer Thebarge.  Hernandez’s aunt, Ruth Valderamma lived there until her death in 2010.

Tanya Singleton was indicted on criminal contempt for refusing to testify before the grand jury investigating Hernandez.  She has pled not guilty.  Prosecutors said that they even offered her immunity.  Singleton had previously been married to Jeffrey Cummings, but they divorced.  Cummings then married Hernandez’s mother, Terri, but they divorced after he assaulted her.

Police have no record of ever being called out to the house before now, other then when Hernandez’s aunt suffered a medical episode that led to her death in 2010.  Massachusetts police who are investigating the deaths of de Abreu and Furtado, were interested not only in the SUV, but also in the discovery of 100 cartridges of .38-caliber ammunition at the home.  John Alcorn, a relative of T.L. Singleton testified in front of the grand jury investigating the double homicide.  Massachusetts police believe that he is the possible owner of a .38 caliber gun that was seized from a car following an accident in Springfield, Mass.

A woman, who got into a car accident in June, had the gun in her possession.  Police said that forensics testing showed it matched the caliber of the gun that killed de Abreu and Furtado.  Jailene Diaz-Ramos (right), 19, was arrested for having the gun.  She was taken to the hospital for treatment after her car crash on I-91.  Police officers inventoried all items in her car, finding the .38.  The gun was found in a black case in the trunk.  After treatment, Diaz-Ramos told investigators that the gun belonged to a friend called “Chicago” (believed to be John Alcorn).  She said that he left the gun in her car after she gave him and some “football” friends a ride.

Lt. Daniel Richard, a spokesman for the Massachusetts State Police, said Diaz-Ramos was charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition without permits and improper storage of a weapon.

Hernandez has pled not guilty in the Odin Lloyd murder case and is next expected to appear in court on October 8th.  The .45 caliber gun used to kill Lloyd hasn’t been found.

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