Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is still sitting behind bars, while the prosecutors continue to build a case against him. Hernandez is facing a first-degree murder charge for the killing of Odin Lloyd, but we all need to be careful before calling him the shooter.
Not only is Hernandez innocent until proven guilty, but the prosecutors themselves are not calling Hernandez the shooter … yet.
“All we’ve done is charge Aaron Hernandez with murder,” District Attorney Samuel Sutter said, via USA Today. “As far as the specifics about who was the shooter and who might have been a joint venturer, it’s too early to say. The investigation is ongoing. There’s a probable cause hearing [for Hernandez] scheduled for two weeks, and our case continues to grow.”
Carlos Ortiz, who was in the car with Hernandez on the night of Lloyd’s murder, is one of the men who appear to be cooperating with the investigation.
It is almost certain that Ortiz is telling the investigators all that he knows, which means they must know who the shooter was. Whether or not Hernandez was the man who pulled the trigger is irrelevant. If he ordered the hit, he’s guilty of the charge.