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Associate says Hernandez put guns in box in basement

Published August 2, 2013 1:55 pm

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Attleboro, Mass. • New court records say that an associate of Aaron Hernandez told police the former New England Patriot put guns in a box in his basement after returning from the industrial park where his friend was fatally shot.

An affidavit released by Attleboro District Court says Carlos Ortiz told investigators Hernandez put firearms in the black box after Odin Lloyd's killing. The document indicates one was a small gun Ortiz handed Hernandez after they returned home. Ortiz said he earlier saw Hernandez with an additional "large handgun."

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston semi-professional football player whose body was found June 17 near Hernandez's North Attleborough, Mass., home.

Authorities believe Lloyd was killed with a .45-caliber Glock, which hasn't been recovered.