Ex-NFL star Hernandez sent urgent text on night of murder

Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:12pm EST
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By Daniel Lovering

FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez texted a friend to "hurry" in the hours before prosecutors say the pair and another man murdered an associate in an industrial park in 2013, according to testimony on Friday.

Ricardo Leal, a records custodian for Sprint Telecommunications, identified text messages between Hernandez and Ernest Wallace in records and read them aloud from Hernandez's Blackberry phone, which prosecutors showed in court.

Hernandez, 25, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, is accused of murdering Odin Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player who was dating his fiancée's sister. It is the first of two murder trials he faces this year.

Prosecutors have said Hernandez, Wallace and another man, Carlos Ortiz, picked up Lloyd at his Boston home and drove him in a rented Nissan Altima to an industrial park near Hernandez's house in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, early on June 17, 2013. Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found by a jogger at the industrial park later that day.

Leal, the Sprint employee, went through the phone records for Hernandez and Wallace, who was identified on Hernandez's phone by the nickname "Fish 2."

On the night of June 16, 2013, hours before Lloyd's death, when witnesses say Hernandez was at a Rhode Island restaurant, Hernandez texted Wallace to hurry up, to which Wallace responded, "K."

Several days before Lloyd's murder, on June 11, Hernandez wrote to Wallace, "U grab everything out of car ... clip and cds and everything". Wallace responded, "Yes Sir".

In another text days before the murder, Hernandez told Wallace, "I wanted to kill u but u kno I love u", according to the testimony.   Continued...

Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez listens to testimony during his murder trial at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Krupa/Pool