Late Patriots star Aaron Hernandez’s murder of friend Odin Lloyd may have been motivated by the victim knowing that Hernandez was bisexual, according to a report.
The motive for Lloyd’s “execution” death near the New England tight end’s mansion has always been unclear, though Newsweek reported Friday that it stemmed in part from Lloyd’s knowledge of Hernandez’s hidden sexuality.
Lloyd’s girlfriend Shanea Jenkins is the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins, and the magazine reported that the then 23-year-old football star knew his victim could have relayed the information to her.
Among evidence cited in the Newsweek report is that co-defendant Ernest Wallace told detectives that Lloyd had called Hernandez a “schmoocher” and that he would not have helped get rid of the murder weapon if he knew that Hernandez was a “limp wrist.”
Michele McPhee, the reporter behind the Newsweek story, told the Daily News Friday that the anti-gay slurs were looked at as investigators tried to piece together why Hernandez would kill his friend.
“Nobody knows what prompted Aaron Hernandez to kill his friend Odin Lloyd in cold blood, to take his own life in a very determined way,” McPhee said.
“There were a lot of factors that showed that Aaron Hernandez was not operating at his full faculties and that his mentality of violence and mayhem was very often compounded by what people described as drugs like hydroponic marijuana, or K2.”
Newsweek’s report says that shortly before he arrested for the Lloyd killing, Hernandez moved money into accounts for his fiancee, his daughter and a male high school friend who was allegedly his longtime lover.
McPhee had previously aired her reporting about Hernandez’s bisexuality as a possible motive for Lloyd’s killing on Boston radio station WEEI.
Another unidentified caller to the Kirk & Callahan show who claimed to have talked to Hernandez and disputed his bisexuality said Wednesday that McPhee’s comments may have led to his suicide, especially given his alleged involvement in prison gangs.
The investigative reporter later told the show that she did not believe that her discussion led to his self-harm, but that it was likely motivated by the guilt surrounding his murder trials.
Hernandez was also put on trial for a July 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston, but was acquitted last week.
Some believed that the 2012 double killing may have played a part in motivating Lloyd’s killing, and that his acquittal could have helped him as he appealed his life sentence.