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Aaron Hernandez Update: Ex-NFL star put guns in box in basement, associate says

Former New England Patriots football tight end Aaron Hernandez stands during a bail hearing in Fall River Superior Court Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez, charged with murdering Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player, was denied bail. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Ted Fitzgerald, Pool) AP Photo/Boston Herald, Pool, Ted Fitzgerald

Former New England Patriots football tight end Aaron Hernandez stands during a bail hearing in Fall River Superior Court Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Fall River, Mass.
AP Photo/Boston Herald, Pool, Ted Fitzgerald

(CBS/AP) ATTLEBORO, Mass. - New court records say that an associate of Aaron Hernandez told police the former New England Patriot put guns in a box in his basement after returning from the industrial park where his friend was fatally shot.

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An affidavit released by Attleboro District Court says Carlos Ortiz told investigators Hernandez put firearms in the black box after Odin Lloyd's killing. The document indicates one was a small gun Ortiz handed Hernandez after they returned home. Ortiz said he earlier saw Hernandez with an additional "large handgun."

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Hernandez, 23, has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston semi-professional football player whose body was found June 17 near Hernandez's North Attleborough, Mass., home.

Authorities believe Lloyd was killed with a .45-caliber Glock, which hasn't been recovered.

On Thursday, TMZ released a letter Hernandez reportedly wrote in response to a fan. In the letter, the ex-NFL star maintained his innocence in the death of Lloyd. CBS Boston reports a sports memorabilia shop in Massachusetts obtained the letter from the fan and sold it to TMZ for $18,000.

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