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 last week 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.

But even before the 23-year-old's recent arrest, public records and interviews show he had been involved in police inquiries in the past, first in Florida and then in the Boston area.

A sworn court complaint from Florida's Eighth Judicial Circuit details Hernandez's apparent involvement in an April 2007 fight at a restaurant called The Swamp in Gainesville. The partially redacted document says the restaurant worker told police that Hernandez, who was then 17, punched him in the head while he was escorting the subject out of the business after a dispute about payment of a bill.

Tim Tebow, now a member of the Patriots and at the time Florida's star quarterback, is listed as a witness. The report said Hernandez asked him to intervene in the verbal dispute before the assault.

The complaint classifies the offense as "felony battery." It wasn't clear Tuesday how the case was resolved.

Also in 2007, Hernandez was among three Florida football players and another who had gone on to the NFL who were questioned by Gainesville police after a double shooting that happened after a Florida loss. Police said the players provided the information investigators wanted. No charges were filed.

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  • Aaron Hernandez

    Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has his handcuffs removed before a pretrial hearing in his murder trial in Bristol Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Prosecutors argued during the hearing for Judge Susan Garsh to recuse herself alleging she and prosecutor William McCauley have a "history of antagonism" stemming from a 2010 murder trial. The motion was denied. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool)

  • Tanya Singleton

    Tanya Singleton, right, cousin of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, speaks with defense attorney Peter Parker during a bail hearing at Superior Court Thursday, Oct. 24, 2103, in Fall River, Mass. On Thursday, a judge set $15,000 cash bail for Singleton. She's been held without bail after pleading not guilty to criminal contempt and conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact. Prosecutors said she helped Hernandez's friend Ernest Wallace travel to Florida after the June killing of Odin Lloyd, and refused to testify before the grand jury in the case despite immunity. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Lloyd's death. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Dominick Reuter, Pool)

  • Tanya Singleton

    Tanya Singleton, cousin of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, appears for a bail hearing at Superior Court Thursday, Oct. 24, 2103, in Fall River, Mass. On Thursday, a judge set $15,000 cash bail for Singleton. She's been held without bail after pleading not guilty to criminal contempt and conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact. Prosecutors said she helped Hernandez's friend Ernest Wallace travel to Florida after the June killing of Odin Lloyd, and refused to testify before the grand jury in the case despite immunity. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Lloyd's death. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Dominick Reuter, Pool)

  • Tanya Singleton

    Tanya Singleton, seated, cousin of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, listens as defense attorney Peter Parker speaks during a bail hearing at Superior Court Thursday, Oct. 24, 2103, in Fall River, Mass. On Thursday, a judge set $15,000 cash bail for Singleton. She's been held without bail after pleading not guilty to criminal contempt and conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact. Prosecutors said she helped Hernandez's friend Ernest Wallace travel to Florida after the June killing of Odin Lloyd, and refused to testify before the grand jury in the case despite immunity. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Lloyd's death. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Dominick Reuter, Pool)

  • Roger Michel

    Prosecutor Roger Michel argues his motion to have Judge Susan Garsh recuse herself from the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in Bristol Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Prosecutors argued during the hearing for Judge Susan Garsh to recuse herself alleging she and prosecutor William McCauley have a "history of antagonism" stemming from a 2010 murder trial. The motion was denied. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool)

  • Aaron Hernandez

    Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez smiles during a pretrial hearing in his murder trial in Bristol Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Prosecutors argued during the hearing for Judge Susan Garsh to recuse herself alleging she and prosecutor William McCauley have a "history of antagonism" stemming from a 2010 murder trial. The motion was denied. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool)

  • Aaron Hernandez, James Sultan, Michael Fee

    Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, center, sits with his attorneys James Sultan, left, and Michael Fee in Bristol Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Prosecutors argued during the hearing for Judge Susan Garsh to recuse herself alleging she and prosecutor William McCauley have a "history of antagonism" stemming from a 2010 murder trial. The motion was denied. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool)

  • William McCauley

    Prosecutor William McCauley listens as his motion to have Judge Susan Garsh recuse herself from the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is denied in Bristol Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. McCauley claims he and Garsh have a "history of antagonism" stemming from a 2010 murder trial. The motion was denied. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool)

  • Aaron Hernandez

    Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is brought into Bristol Superior Court before a hearing in Fall River, Mass., Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Prosecutors argued during the hearing for Judge Susan Garsh to recuse herself alleging she and prosecutor William McCauley have a "history of antagonism" stemming from a 2010 murder trial. The motion was denied. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool)

  • Aaron Hernandez, William McCauley

    Prosecutor William McCauley, right, argues his motion to have Judge Susan Garsh recuse herself from the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, left, in Bristol Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. McCauley claims he and Garsh have a "history of antagonism" stemming from a 2010 murder trial. The motion was denied. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool)

  • Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez is handcuffed during a pretrial court hearing in Fall River, Mass. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Hernandez was indicted in August in the killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend. He has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)

  • Judge Susan Harsh speaks during a pretrial court hearing for Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez in Fall River, Mass. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Hernandez was indicted in August in the killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend. He has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)

  • Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez attends a pretrial court hearing in Fall River, Mass. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Hernandez was indicted in August in the killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend. He has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)

  • Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, right, confers with defense attorneys Michael Fee, left, and Charles Rankin during a pretrial court hearing in Fall River, Mass. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Hernandez was indicted in August in the killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend. He has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)

  • Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez attends a pretrial court hearing in Fall River, Mass. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Hernandez was indicted in August in the killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend. He has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)

  • Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez confers with his attorneys during a pretrial court hearing in Fall River, Mass. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Hernandez was indicted in August in the killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend. He has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)

  • Alexander Bradley

    Attorney Robert Pickering, left, addresses the court for his client, Alexander Bradley, right during a court appearance at Hartford Superior Court on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 in Hartford, Conn. Bradley was directed to testify Tuesday before a Massachusetts grand jury in a double homicide investigation that has been linked to former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez. A fugitive warrant was issued for Bradley last month when he did not appear for a hearing related to that case. Bradley was ordered held on $250,000 bond. (AP Photo/The Hartford Courant, Richard Messina, Pool)

  • Alexander Bradley

    Alexander Bradley, right talks with his attorney Robert Pickering, left, during a court appearance at Hartford Superior Court on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 in Hartford, Conn. Bradley was directed to testify Tuesday before a Massachusetts grand jury in a double homicide investigation that has been linked to former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez. A fugitive warrant was issued for Bradley last month when he did not appear for a hearing related to that case. Bradley was ordered held on $250,000 bond. (AP Photo/The Hartford Courant, Richard Messina, Pool)

  • Alexander Bradley

    Alexander Bradley appears in Hartford Superior Court with his lawyer on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 in Hartford, Conn. Bradley was directed to testify Tuesday before a Massachusetts grand jury in a double homicide investigation that has been linked to former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez. A fugitive warrant was issued for Bradley last month when he did not appear for a hearing related to that case. Bradley was ordered held on $250,000 bond. (AP Photo/The Hartford Courant, Richard Messina, Pool)

  • Alexander Bradley

    This undated combination photo provided by the Hartford Police Department shows Alexander Bradley, a fugitive with ties to former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez. Bradley was taken into custody in Connecticut on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, authorities said. (AP Photo/Hartford Police Department)

  • Aaron Hernandez

    FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2013 file photo, Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, sits in superior court during arraignment for Hernandez in Fall River, Mass. A Massachusetts prosecutor said Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, that a grand jury indicted Jenkins on a single count of perjury in relation to the investigation into the June 17 killing of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd had been dating Jenkins' sister. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Lloyd's death and is being held without bail. (AP Photo/ The Boston Globe, Jonathan Wiggs, Pool, File )

  • Tanya Singleton, center, and her attorney Peter Parker, are seen in Fall River Superior Court Monday morning, Sept. 30, 2013. Singleton, a cousin of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty to a conspiracy charge for her alleged actions following the killing of Hernandez's friend. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, George Rizer, Pool)

  • Ernest Wallace

    Ernest Wallace, an associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, appears in Bristol Superior Court waiting for the judge to appear on a bail hearing on a charge of accessory to murder after the fact in the death of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in Fall River, Mass., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. A cash bail of $500,000 was set for Wallace. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • Ernest Wallace

    Ernest Wallace, right, an associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, talks with his attorney David Meier during an appearance in Bristol Superior Court for a bail hearing on a charge of accessory to murder after the fact in the death of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in Fall River, Mass., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. A cash bail of $500,000 was set for Wallace. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • Ernest Wallace

    Ernest Wallace, left, an associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, looks toward his attorneys as he appears in Bristol Superior Court for a bail hearing on a charge of accessory to murder after the fact in the death of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in Fall River, Mass., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. A cash bail of $500,000 was set for Wallace. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • Ernest Wallace of Bristol, Conn., center, an associate of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, stands beside his attorney David Meier, left, during his arraignment in Superior Court Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in Fall River, Mass. Wallace pleaded not guilty to an accessory to murder charge in connection with the death of Odin Lloyd, 27, whose body was found in North Attleborough, Mass., about a mile from Hernandez’s home. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • A house owned by the uncle of former New England Patriot's Aaron Hernandez, is seen,Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Bristol, Conn. A group of people who all have ties to a small blue cape-style home in Bristol have become central figures in the investigations linking former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez to two murder cases. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

  • A man rides a bicycle by a house owned by the uncle of former New England Patriot's Aaron Hernandez, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Bristol, Conn. A group of people who all have ties to a small blue cape-style home in Bristol have become central figures in the investigations linking former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez to two murder cases. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

  • A house owned by the uncle of former New England Patriot's Aaron Hernandez, is seen, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Bristol, Conn. A group of people who all have ties to a small blue cape-style home in Bristol have become central figures in the investigations linking former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez to two murder cases. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

  • Aaron Hernandez

    Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, stands, during his arraignment in superior court Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez faces a murder charge in the death of Odin Lloyd, 27, whose body was found by a jogger on June 17 in an industrial park in North Attleborough, Mass., about a mile from Hernandez’s home. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jonathan Wiggs, Pool)

  • Aaron Hernandez

    Ursula Ward, right, mother of murder victim Odin Lloyd, cries during the arraignment of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in superior court Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez faces a murder charge in the death of Odin Lloyd, 27, whose body was found by a jogger on June 17, in an industrial park in North Attleborough, Mass., about a mile from Hernandez’s home. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jonathan Wiggs, Pool)

  • Aaron Hernandez

    People attend the arraignment of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, including his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, center, in superior court Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez faces a murder charge in the death of Odin Lloyd, 27, whose body was found by a jogger on June 17, in an industrial park in North Attleborough, Mass., about a mile from Hernandez’s home. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jonathan Wiggs, Pool)

  • Aaron Hernandez

    Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, right, listens to his lawyer, Michael Fee, left, during his arraignment in superior court Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez faces a murder charge in the death of Odin Lloyd, 27, whose body was found by a jogger on June 17 in an industrial park in North Attleborough, Mass., about a mile from Hernandez’s home. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jonathan Wiggs, Pool)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2013, file photo, former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, is lead into court in Attleboro, Mass. Hernandez, who has been indicted on a murder charge in the killing of Odin Lloyd, is scheduled to face arraignment in Superior Court Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 in Fall River, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)

  • Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez sits during a brief hearing in district court on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in Attleboro, Mass. Hernandez was indicted on a murder charge last week in the killing of Odin Lloyd. He pleaded not guilty to murder in district court in June. (AP photo/ The Sun Chronicle, Mike George, Pool)

  • Ernest Wallace

    Ernest Wallace, of Miramar, Fla., center, wears chains as he is escorted by a court officer, right, while departing Attleboro District Court, in Attleboro, Mass., Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. The district court case against the associate of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been continued. Police have said Wallace and another man were with Hernandez at the time 27-year-old Odin Lloyd was killed. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Ernest Wallace

    Ernest Wallace, of Miramar, Fla., left, wears chains as he is escorted by a court officer, right, while departing Attleboro District Court, in Attleboro, Mass., Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. The district court case against the associate of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been continued. Police have said Wallace and another man were with Hernandez at the time 27-year-old Odin Lloyd was killed. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Ernest Wallace

    FILE - In this July 26, 2013 file pool photo, Ernest Wallace stands during a hearing in district court in Attleboro, Mass. On Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, Wallace waived his right to appear at a probably cause hearing in the Attleboro court. Prosecutors said Wallace was with former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez on the night Hernandez's friend Odin Lloyd was shot to death. Hernandez has been charged with Lloyd's murder. Wallace was indicted Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 on a charge of being an accessory to murder after the fact. (AP Photo/Ted Fitzgerald, Pool, File)

  • Tanya Singleton

    Tanya Singleton, a cousin of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, is escorted into Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 where she pleaded not guilty on a contempt charge for allegedly refusing to testify before the grand jury that indicted Hernandez in the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Boston Globe,George Rizer, Pool)

  • Tanya Singleton

    Tanya Singleton, a cousin of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, is escorted into Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 where she pleaded not guilty on a contempt charge for allegedly refusing to testify before the grand jury that indicted Hernandez in the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Boston Globe,George Rizer, Pool)

  • A women wearing a button with a picture of Odin Lloyd listens during court proceedings for former New England Patriot football player Aaron Hernandez, in Attleboro, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Hernandez was indicted Thursday on first-degree murder and weapons charges in the death of a friend whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park about a mile from the ex-player's home. The six-count grand jury indictment charges Hernandez with killing 27-year-old Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • Former New England Patriot football player Aaron Hernandez, listens to procedings in a court in Attleboro, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Hernandez was indicted on first-degree murder and weapons charges in the death of a friend whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park about a mile from the ex-player's home. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • Aaron Hernandez

    FILE - In this Wednesday, July 24, 2013 file photo, former New England Patriots NFL football tight end Aaron Hernandez appears during a probable cause hearing at Attleboro District Court, in Attleboro, Mass. Hernandez was indicted Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, on a first-degree murder charge in the death of a friend whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park about a mile from the ex-player's home. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye, File)

  • Aaron Hernandez Court Appearance

    NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA - AUGUST 22: Aaron Hernandez sits in the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court during his hearing on August 22, 2013 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge for the death of Odin Lloyd. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

  • Aaron Hernandez Court Appearance

    NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA - AUGUST 22: Aaron Hernandez sits in the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court during his hearing on August 22, 2013 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge for the death of Odin Lloyd. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

  • Aaron Hernandez Court Appearance

    NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA - AUGUST 22: Aaron Hernandez is escorted into the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court for his hearing on August 22, 2013 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge for the death of Odin Lloyd. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

  • Aaron Hernandez Court Appearance

    NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA - AUGUST 22: Aaron Hernandez sits in the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court during his hearing on August 22, 2013 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge for the death of Odin Lloyd. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

  • Aaron Hernandez Court Appearance

    NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA - AUGUST 22: Aaron Hernandez is escorted into the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court for his hearing on August 22, 2013 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge for the death of Odin Lloyd. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

  • Aaron Hernandez Court Appearance

    NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA - AUGUST 22: Aaron Hernandez is escorted into Attleboro District Court prior to his hearing on August 22, 2013 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge for the death of Odin Lloyd. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

  • This black and white photo taken from former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez's home surveillance system in North Attleborough, Mass., and released in documents by the Attleboro District Court Thursday, July 25, 2013, shows Hernandez holding what authorities said appears to be a gun, shortly after Odin Lloyd was shot to death on June 17. Hernandez pleaded not guilty to murder in Lloyd's death. (AP Photo/Attleboro District Court) AP PROVIDES ACCESS TO THIS HANDOUT PHOTO TO BE USED SOLELY TO ILLUSTRATE NEWS REPORTING OR COMMENTARY ON THE FACTS OR EVENTS DEPICTED IN THIS IMAGE. ARCHIVE OUT; PUBLIC OUT; ONE TIME USE ONLY

  • This photo taken from former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez's home surveillance system in North Attleborough, Mass., and released in documents by Attleboro District Court on July 9, 2013, as one in a series of images authorities said show Hernandez at home with what appears to be a gun, shortly after Odin Lloyd was shot to death on June 17. Hernandez pleaded not guilty to murder in Lloyd's death. (AP Photo/Attleboro District Court)


A request for comment left Tuesday evening with a spokesman for Hernandez's legal team was not immediately returned.

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

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

Bristol Police Lt. Kevin Morrell said the request was based on evidence developed through the investigation of Lloyd's slaying. He said police were asked to search the same home in Bristol for both investigations, and they seized a vehicle at the address Friday.

Two men died in the shooting in Boston's South End on July 15, 2012, and another was wounded. Witnesses reported seeing gunfire coming from a gray SUV with Rhode Island license plates. Authorities said 29-year-old Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and 28-year-old Safiro Teixeira Furtado were killed, but police didn't identify the third victim.

Boston police have declined to comment on whether Hernandez is being looked at as a possible suspect in that case.

Over the weekend, a man who is married to Hernandez's cousin was killed in a car crash in Connecticut. Thaddeus Singleton III, 33, of Bristol, was killed early Sunday when the car he was driving slammed into the Farmington Country Club, police said. They said the car was registered to a man, reportedly Hernandez's uncle, whose home has been searched several times, most recently on Tuesday, and from which the vehicle was seized on Friday. The crash remains under investigation.

Hernandez has been connected to still more incidents involving guns, although none has resulted in criminal charges against him.

A man who claims Hernandez shot him in the face in February after an argument at a Florida strip club filed a civil lawsuit days before police arrested Hernandez.

Plaintiff Alexander Bradley claims Hernandez shot him with a handgun, causing him to lose his right eye. But after someone found the Connecticut man bleeding in an alley behind a Palm Beach County store following the sound of a gunshot, he told police he didn't know who shot him and gave only a vague description of possible assailants.

Bradley's lawyer, David Jaroslawicz, wouldn't comment Tuesday about the nature of the alleged dispute between his client and Hernandez. He said the two flew to South Florida together before getting into a dispute at a Miami club.

The attorney said Bradley, who worked for Stanley Steamer before the shooting, had done some work for Hernandez and that the two also hung out socially a few times and had known each other for several years.

"Whether or not Hernandez shot him deliberately or accidentally only Hernandez can tell us and right now he's not doing too much talking," Jaroslawicz said in a phone interview.

Authorities have also linked Hernandez to a May 18 fight outside a bar in Providence, R.I., that involved a gun.

A prosecutor with the Bristol County district attorney's office has said that a man who matched the description of a man seen on video with Hernandez on the night of Lloyd's slaying was seen putting a gun under a car during the Rhode Island incident.

Authorities traced that gun to a Florida gun shop.

Then following Lloyd's death, police said they recovered a .22-caliber gun about a quarter-mile from the defendant's home - a weapon authorities said was traced to the same store.

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Associated Press writers Michael Melia in Hartford, Conn., and Kelli Kennedy in Miami contributed to this report.

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