Interviews with Kraft, Belichick Included in Hernandez Murder Probe

The criminal investigation into former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez reached deep into the team’s leadership, according to several published reports. Investigators spoke with team owner Robert Kraft, director of player personnel Nick Caserio, and head coach Bill Belichick. The interviews were turned over to defense attorneys ahead of the upcoming murder trial.

The Boston Globe reports:

The interviews were listed on a voluminous inventory of evidence that has been provided to Hernandez’s defense team. The inventory, filed in Bristol District Court, indicated the interviews ran four pages and were dated Aug. 20.

The documents also include text messages between hernandez and Belichick. If you’re looking to read those texts, however, you’re out of luck: the content of the messages were not published.

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The Hartford Courant expanded on other items in the document dump:

The evidence inventory also includes rental contracts for dozens of vehicles, dating back to 2011. Hernandez’s habit of renting cars has previously come up in connection with his legal troubles. The Nissan Altima that authorities say he drove the night of Lloyd’s death was a rental vehicle, and he returned it the next day. Boston authorities have said in court that he rented a car the day after the double slaying.

Hernandez was charged with the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player found dead in an Attleboro industrial park. Hernandez is also accused of killing two men in a 2012 South End incident.

Correction: A previous version of this story’s headline erroneously stated that Patriots owner Robert Kraft had texted Aaron Hernandez. Kraft was one of several people interviewed by investigators related to the Hernandez case.