On top of being charged with murder, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is now being sued by the victim’s family.
On Monday, the family of Odin Lloyd filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Hernandez in Bristol County Superior Court in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
The wrongful death lawsuit states Hernandez “maliciously, willfully, wantonly, recklessly or by gross negligence caused Odin Lloyd to suffer personal injuries that directly resulted in his death.”
Lloyd’s family are also requesting a judge issue restraining orders to keep the New England Patriots from paying Hernandez the more than $3 million left on his contract, as well as a restraining order that would prohibit Hernandez from putting his North Attleborough home on the market which has been appraised for $1.25 million.
On Thursday Fall River attorney Kevin J. Phelan will explain the “merits” of the restraining orders at a hearing in New Bedford. Phelan represents Ursula Ward, Lloyd’s mother, and the Lloyd estate. Phelan stated in his filings that if the restraining orders are not granted the Lloyd estate will endure “irreparable harm.”
Hernandez was charged in the shooting death of Lloyd on June 17, 2013. The former NFL star has pleaded not guilty.
Aaron Hernandez has been sued by the family of Odin Lloyd, the man he is accused of killing. » http://t.co/8g9DEnY2zO
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And in further news involving Hernandez – a woman linked to the former New England Patriot has died.
Tabitha Perry died on Monday after she was found “unconscious and not breathing” in her home. Perry had a child with Thaddeus Singleton III, a friend of Hernandez who died in a car accident in June. A car accident that Perry survived.
Perry’s death requires further study according to the state medical examiner’s office and police are are awaiting the toxicology results before moving further.
Sgt. Jeffry Dobratz said, ”There were no suspicious circumstances found at the time of the investigation.”
Perry is the third person linked to Hernandez who has died in the past six months.
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— Houston Press (@HoustonPress) December 18, 2013