Ex-Friend Testifies About Pistol in Aaron Hernandez Murder Case

Ex-Friend Testifies About Pistol in Aaron Hernandez Murder Case

Alexander Bradley recounts story of former NFL star holding gun.

Published April 1, 2015

Aaron Hernandez's former friend Alexander Bradley testified in his murder trial Wednesday about the alleged pistol that may have been used in the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Bradley is the same former friend who is suing Hernandez, alleging the ex-New England Patriots star shot him in the face during an argument in Florida in 2013.

Bradley told jurors a story about the ex-pro tight end holding a Glock pistol in his hands inside a Florida hotel room a few months before Lloyd was murdered with what prosecutors believe was the same weapon on June 17, 2013.

“Another gentleman passed a firearm to Mr. Hernandez,’’ Bradley told jurors Wednesday, as reported by the Boston Globe. “It appeared to be a Glock.’’

He added that Hernandez gripped the gun for “a couple minutes” and then “placed it on a chair.” 

Bradley testified that the other man in the Florida hotel room was Oscar “Papoo” Hernandez, who is not related to Aaron Hernandez but has admitted shipping guns to Massachusetts. However, Oscar Hernandez has admitted selling a .22-caliber pistol that was found near the Lloyd crime scene — not a .45-caliber Glock that prosecutors claim was used to kill Lloyd.

That conflict of information could be deemed as a crucial flaw in prosecutors' case against the former NFL star. Prosecutors maintain that the box Hernandez ordered his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, to discard contained the .45-caliber Glock used to murder Lloyd.

Also on the stand Wednesday, Bradley told jurors that he sold Hernandez one to four ounces of marijuana a week, earning up to $1,400 per sale, and that Hernandez was a "chain smoker." He also spoke about the paranoia Hernandez used to feel about even friends who were around him.

“Oftentimes, he felt he was being followed by helicopter or tailed by police,’’ Bradley testified. "He didn’t want me to use iPhones around him because he stated that all conversations could be heard at any time with iPhones.” 

“He oftentimes felt that people were trying to use him," Bradley continued, and that “indicated to me that he had a hard time trusting people in general.’’

Once this murder trial ends, Hernandez must still face a separate double-murder trial for allegedly killing two men in Boston in July 2012 during a drive-by shooting. 

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(Photo: AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)

Written by BET-Staff

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