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Prosecutors say Hernandez discussed Lloyd murder in jailhouse calls

Prosecutors said in court documents released Friday that former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez discussed the Odin Lloyd killing in jailhouse phone calls, speaking in code and referencing a car that is part of the investigation.

They filed a motion Thursday to obtain records of the former NFL star's telephone conversations after officials from the Bristol County Sheriff's Department provided them with details about the content of the calls.

Hernandez, accused of Lloyd's execution-style shooting death, has been imprisoned in Massachusetts since he was charged with murder in June. Lloyd, a resident of Dorchester, Mass., was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. His body was found blocks from the former Patriot's house in North Attleboro, Mass.

Hernandez's inmate phone records include conversations that the Bristol, Conn., native had with people charged in the case and others, according to prosecutors. They say that Hernandez spoke in "coded messages" while on the phone with people outside of jail. The court papers also say that Hernandez referenced "related prior offenses."

Hernandez is also being investigated as a suspect in a drive-by shooting in which two men were killed in Boston in 2012. Boston detectives reopened their investigation last summer after receiving a tip that the same person responsible for Lloyd's death also was involved in the double homicide.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the Lloyd case, and he has reiterated that position in his phone calls, prosecutors said. They also said that he made incriminating statements when denying ownership of a vehicle connected to the investigation.

Prosecutors also said in the motion that Hernandez's visitors to the Bristol County House of Corrections in North Dartmouth, Mass., have included his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, and his cousin, Tanya Cummings-Singleton, who both face charges in the Lloyd case. Jenkins is accused of lying to the grand jury investigating Lloyd's killing, and Cummings-Singleton, charged as an accessory, is accused of helping conceal evidence after Lloyd's death.

Also charged as accessories are Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, who authorities say were with Hernandez the night of Lloyd's death and fled to their Bristol hometown the following day.

According to Thursday's motion, Hernandez's calls included discussions about those charged as his accessories and the extent of control he had over them.

Prosecutors have asked for a hearing on the motion during Hernandez's next court appearance, scheduled for Feb. 5.

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