Aaron Hernandez spent weekend in Newport, RI days after alleged murders

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May 18, 2014, 6:29 pm
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(NECN: John Moroney, Newport, R.I.) - Tom Welby remembers the weekend two summers ago very well, when Aaron Hernandez, then a tight end for the New England Patriots, posed for pictures with himself and the staff at Scooter World in Newport, Rhode Island.

The visit came four days after he allegedly shot and killed two men outside a night club in Boston 's South End.

"He's a really big guy, so we recognized him immediately," said Welby. "Really laid back, he didn't seem bothered at all. He was in good spirits, they were goofing around."

Welby says the former Patriot and three of his friends rented scooters and jet-skis on July 20, 2012.

Hernandez has been indicted by a grand jury for the murders of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado on July 16 of that year, less than a week before his weekend trip to Newport.

"What I know now, looking back at it, it's even more shocking that somebody would do that and then, four days later, go out and have a blast," said Welby.

Hernandez and his posse rented their scooters for a couple of days. Welby says Hernandez came him to on the second day of his stay in town, apologizing profusely to the Scooter World for losing the key to his vehicle.

Welby had the picture or himself and the former tight end hanging in his shop, but he moved it to the bathroom after Hernandez was charged last year in the death 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing Lloyd and dumping his body in a North Attleboro, Massachusetts industrial park.

Hernandez's attorneys, Charles Rankin and James Sultan, issued a statement and said their client was looking forward to his day in court on the latest charges. "It is one thing to make allegations at a press conference, and another thing to prove them in a courtroom."

Tags: Boston, rhode island, Patriots, New England Patriots, Newport, John Moroney, Aaron Hernandez, Hernandez, odin lloyd, Daniel Abreu, Safiro Furtado , Tom Welby, Scooter World
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