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Aaron Hernandez’s Past Brushes with Violence Exposed After Arrest

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By Bridget Murphy

BOSTON — When Aaron Hernandez first went before a judge to face a murder charge, a defense attorney said the former New England Patriots tight end had never been accused of a violent crime. But Hernandez is apparently no stranger to violence.

Since he was arrested in the shooting death of a friend whose body was found a mile away from Hernandez’s home, a portrait has emerged of a man whose life away from the field included frequent encounters with police that started as long ago as his freshman year at the University of Florida.

An acquaintance who sued Hernandez, claiming he was shot after a fight in a strip club earlier this year. A 2007 bar fight that left a restaurant worker with a burst eardrum. An unsolved double killing at a Boston nightclub last summer. All violent incidents, all with possible ties to the once-dominating athlete who now sits in a private cell for his own protection.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, whose body was found June 17 not far from Hernandez’s North Attleborough, Mass., mansion. His defense team has called the case circumstantial and said Hernandez looks forward to clearing his name.

Authorities searched a Franklin condominium Hernandez had rented and found the same caliber ammunition used in Lloyd’s slaying and a white hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap similar to those Hernandez was allegedly wearing that night, according to search warrant records in Wrentham District Court.

Although Hernandez is facing a murder charge, his current legal troubles may not end there.

Police in his hometown of Bristol, Conn., said that Boston police asked for their help with a double homicide investigation linked to the former NFL star.

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