NFL NOTEBOOK: Hernandez probed for 2 slayings

News servicesJanuary 17, 2014 

In court documents unsealed Thursday in Bristol, Conn., law enforcement authorities say that former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez might have been the gunman in a July 2012 drive-by shooting that killed two men in Boston’s South End.

In a 14-page affidavit for the search and seizure of a Toyota 4Runner, believed to be the suspect vehicle, detectives detailed their case against Hernandez, who they said was driving the car used in the double homicide. The silver SUV was recovered in June during a search of a Bristol home for evidence in the Odin Lloyd murder case.

Hernandez faces a murder charge in Lloyd’s 2013 slaying, but prosecutors in Suffolk County, Mass., have not filed charges in the Boston double homicide, which occurred a month before the former NFL star signed a $40 million, five-year contract extension with the New England Patriots.

Detectives wrote in the search warrant application that Hernandez was “operating the suspect vehicle” and “may have been the shooter” in the Boston killings. A warrant released last week revealed that Hernandez was driving the Toyota 4Runner earlier in the night.

Boston police seized the vehicle June 28 from a Bristol home owned by Hernandez’s uncle.

VIKINGS LOOK AT TURNER

Cleveland offensive coordinator Norv Turner told the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press that he’s close to a deal that would make his departure from the Browns official and give him the same position with the Minnesota Vikings under new coach Mike Zimmer.

“I think there’s a good chance it’s going to happen,” Turner said during a phone interview. “We’re kind of waiting right now. … We’ve had great conversations. I think a lot of Mike, so yeah, we’re working towards it.”

Zimmer is also near a deal with veteran coach George Edwards to become his defensive coordinator.

Edwards is the Miami Dolphins’ linebackers coach, and he worked with Zimmer in Dallas under Bill Parcells.

BROWNS’ BESS IN TROUBLE

Pictures posted by Cleveland wide receiver Davone Bess to his Twitter account prompted the Browns to investigate.

Bess (@davonebess) posted an image of what appears to be marijuana, indicates he was watching “Cocaine Cowboys” on illegal drug use in the 1980s and wrote the message, “We da real dons!”

RYAN GETS EXTENSION

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan reached an agreement on a multiyear contract extension, keeping him in New York at least through the 2016 season, according to ESPN. Ryan, 51, has gone 42-38 since his arrival to New York in 2009, not including a 4-2 record in the postseason.

EXTRA POINTS

Carolina’s Ron Rivera, who led the Panthers to a 12-4 record and the NFC South title, is the 2013 Coach of the Year based on voting by the Professional Football Writers of America. … Chip Kelly, who guided the Philadelphia Eagles to 10 wins and the NFC East title in his first season, was named Pro Football Coach of the Year by the Philadelphia-based Maxwell Football Club. … Prosecutors rested their case against former defensive tackle Josh Brent after presenting testimony from two Cowboys players who were with Brent the night of a crash that killed practice squad player Jerry Brown in December 2012. Safeties Barry Church and Danny McCray testified that they could not remember how much Brent had to drink.

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