A Connecticut man accusing Aaron Hernandez of shooting him in the face in February has been ordered to appear before a grand jury in Massachusetts that is investigating a homicide case against former New England Patriots tight end.
Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander in Hartford on Friday ordered Alexander Bradley to appear July 17 in Fall River, Mass.
"They're claiming there is some relevance between the conduct alleged in the civil suit and the conduct in the Lloyd matter," attorney Robert Pickering, who represented Bradley in court on Friday, told USA TODAY Sports.
Bradley fought the interstate subpoena, issued by the Bristol County District Attorney's Office, in part because he needs to return to Florida this month for a procedure involving his prosthetic right eye, Pickering said.
Bradley has not previously spoken with investigators in Massachusetts, Pickering said.
"He's ordered to come up and provide any details that he can possibly recall, if at all," Pickering said.
Hernandez is facing a murder charge in Massachusetts in the shooting of his friend, Odin Lloyd. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail in the Bristol County Jail. The grand jury will determine whether Hernandez will be formally indicted on the murder charge.
Pickering is not representing Bradley in the civil suit against Hernandez.
Bradley, 31, filed a civil complaint in a U.S. District Court in South Florida in which he accused Hernandez of shooting him in the face on Feb. 13. Bradley was found alone and bleeding from the face and arm in a Riviera Beach, Fla. industrial park, about an hour north of the strip club where he said he had spent the previous evening with Hernandez and others.
"I think he was left there because they thought he would be dead," attorney David Jaroslawicz, who is representing Bradley in the civil case, told USA TODAY Sports last week.
Jaroslawicz initially filed the complaint on Bradley's behalf on June 13, four days before the body of Lloyd was discovered in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass. Police in Boston are also investigating whether Hernandez was involved in a double-homicide in July 2012.
"You can't make this stuff up. When I filed this simple lawsuit for Mr. Bradley's injuries, the last thing I expected was they would find a dead body near his house and he'd be under investigation to two other dead bodies," Jaroslawicz said. "That's not what I expected when we filed our simple lawsuit."
According to the civil complaint, in which Bradley is seeking more than $100,000 in damages, Bradley said he was shot while in a vehicle with Hernandez and two other men after leaving a strip club called Tootsies, while en route to Palm Beach. Bradley ended up losing his right eye, has diminished use of his right hand and arm, experiences significant pain and will require further surgeries, he said in the complaint.
Jaroslawicz said Bradley had known Hernandez for several years and had worked for him.
"He thought they were friends," Jaroslawicz said.
Bradley was initially hospitalized in West Palm Beach, Fla., and while there, he offered police only a vague description of his assailants, telling an investigator he only knew he was shot by "black and Hispanic" men, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's report obtained by USA TODAY Sports. The officer who interviewed Bradley wrote that when Bradley refused to cooperate further, the case was listed as inactive.
Now Jaroslawicz and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office are at odds about if and how a criminal case against Hernandez should proceed.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Teri Barbera told USA TODAY Sports that the department will not restart an investigation without cooperation from Bradley, adding that Bradley could call the violent crime division to begin that process.
Jaroslawicz said the fact they have filed a lawsuit against Hernandez in federal court should be enough for the sheriff's office to investigate Hernandez on their own.
"They know who did it. They have a sworn statement filed in federal court that Hernandez shot (Bradley). What more do they need, a picture?" Jaroslawicz said.
Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY Sports