Photos appear to show Aaron Hernandez with pistol on night of killing, documents show

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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez appears in Attleboro District Court during a probable cause hearing related to the murder charges he is facing in the death of a friend, in Attleboro, Massachusetts. John Wilcox / The Boston Herald via EPA

New surveillance photos released Thursday appear to show former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez in his living room carrying what is believed to be a handgun in the hours before the former NFL star allegedly committed murder, investigators said Thursday.

The grainy photos show a man thought to be Hernandez exchanging the gun between his hands as he passes through the living room of his North Attleboro, Mass., home, investigators said. 

Another photo, that investigators say was taken after the killing, appear to show Hernandez at the entrance to the basement of his home holding what appears to be a gun, police said.

An arrest warrant released Thursday says .45-caliber shell casings were found in the Nissan Altima the football player is thought to have rented before Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player whose body was found less than a mile away from Hernandez's home, was killed in June. 

The documents also say that shell casings found in a car that investigators believe Hernandez rented match those found near the body of the man Hernandez is charged with murdering.

The new documents also revealed that investigators found a rifle in a gym bag at Hernandez's home and Hernandez's palm print on the rifle, but indicate police still have not recovered the the .45 caliber firearm used in Lloyd's death. 

Hernandez did not have a firearms license for the weapon, an FEG Hungarian rifle, according to the newly released documents.

Surveillance video from the night Lloyd was killed shows a Nissan Altima leaving Hernandez's home, according to authorities.

The warrant among court documents released to the media Thursday in the murder investigation of the ex-NFL player, who is currently being held without bail and has pleaded not guilty to killing Lloyd. 

Their release came a day after a judge granted prosecutors more time to present evidence to a grand jury in the case against Hernandez.

Lloyd, an acquaintance of Hernandez's, was found dead in an industrial park on June 17. After multiple searches of his home, police arrested Hernandez, and charged him with Lloyd's murder. He lost his spot on the New England Patriots team and endorsement deals amid the investigation into him.

Two co-defendants, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, are also charged in the case, after searches by police turned up ammunition and documents connected to them. Authorities believe the two men were with Hernandez in the Nissan Altima and picked Lloyd up before he was killed.

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