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Aaron Hernandez Update: Conn. police help probe 2012 double-murder case allegedly tied to ex-NFL player

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, left, stands with his attorney, Michael Fee, right, in Attleboro District Court June 26, 2013, in Attleboro, Mass. AP Photo/The Sun Chronicle - Mike George

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, left, stands with his attorney, Michael Fee, right, in Attleboro District Court June 26, 2013, in Attleboro, Mass.
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, left, stands with his attorney, Michael Fee, right, in Attleboro District Court June 26, 2013, in Attleboro, Mass.
AP Photo/The Sun Chronicle - Mike George
(CBS/AP) BOSTON - Police in Bristol, Conn., the hometown of Aaron Hernandez, say Boston authorities have asked for their help with an investigation into a 2012 double-homicide allegedly tied to the former NFL star.

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Bristol Police Lt. Kevin Morrell says the request from Boston police in the double-homicide case was based on evidence developed through the investigation into the murder of Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez, 23, has already been charged with murder in the June 17 shooting death of the 27-year-old Lloyd, of Dorchester. His body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass.

Morrell said Tuesday police searched the same home in Bristol in connection with both the double-homicide probe as well as Lloyd's murder case. CBS Boston previously reported that the Bristol home in question was that of Hernandez's uncle. According to the station, on Friday, police had a car towed from the home that matched the description of a vehicle police had been looking for in connection with the 2012 double-murder.

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Safiro Furtado, 28, and Daniel Abreu, 29, were gunned down July 15, 2012 as they sat at a traffic light in Boston's South End. A silver SUV with Rhode Island plates was reportedly seen speeding away from the drive-by shooting. No arrests have been made in the case.

Sources tell CBS Boston that Lloyd may have been executed because he had information about Hernandez's possible involvement in the double-homicide.

Hernandez, who was released from the New England Patriots last week following his arrest, is being held without bail at the Bristol County House of Corrections on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Lloyd. 

He has pleaded not guilty.

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