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Mass. DA seeks public's help in Hernandez case

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DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- A Massachusetts prosecutor on Tuesday asked for the public's help in finding a car mirror that may be connected to the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Police are seeking the driver's side rearview mirror from a dark gray Nissan Altima that Bristol District Attorney Samuel Sutter said may be anywhere between Odin Lloyd's home in Boston and Hernandez's home in North Attleborough. It is about 30 miles between the locations, largely along Interstate 95, although Sutter said the mirror may be in a "wooded or secluded area" along the route.

He did not say how the vehicle is tied to the investigation.

Hernandez, 23, is facing a murder charge in the shooting death of Lloyd, 27, whose body was found June 17 near Hernandez's home.

Prosecutors say Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd's execution-style slaying. They say it happened after the two went to a night club a few days earlier and Lloyd spoke to people Hernandez didn't want him talking to. Two other men are also facing charges in connection with the death of Lloyd, who played linebacker for the Boston Bandits semipro football team. Hernandez and Lloyd were dating sisters.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder and gun charges and is being held without bail at the county jail in Dartmouth, where Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said he is acclimating well and being held alone in a cell. He gets an hour of outdoor recreation a day, an hour to shower and make phone calls, and an hour to talk to visitors per day.

Hernandez was moved to a new cell on Monday and does not have any one-on-one interaction with other inmates, Hodgson said.

The jail's Gang Intelligence Unit has completed its initial assessment, which included an inspection of multiple tattoos on Hernandez's arms and torso, for signs of past or current gang affiliations. Hernandez has denied any gang ties, Hodgson said.

"We feel we should still maintain caution even though we don't have any definitive notions at this point," the sheriff said.

He says Hernandez has been a model inmate but is being watched closely because other inmates might want to "make a name for themselves."

His lawyers say the case against Hernandez is circumstantial and that he's eager to clear his name.

Hernandez, who is originally from Bristol, Conn., signed a five-year contract worth $40 million with the Patriots last year but was released the day of his arrest.

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