Police have searched in and around Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, not far from where the Patriots practice, but a court clerk said that as of Friday afternoon no arrest warrants had been issued in the case. The Bristol County district attorney has not released any information, other than saying the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd , 27, was being treated as a homicide.
As details are trickling through, the Boston Globe reported on Thursday night, Lloyd was shot not just once — and the shooting didn’t occur in Hernandez’s home. “He was killed where they found the body,” an unnamed law enforcement official told the Globe. “He was shot multiple times.”
Also, FOX 25 reported that Hernandez’s neighbors heard gunshots between 3:00 and 3:30 a.m. on Monday. Not one shot, but multiple shots; it’s not hard to question the ability of Hernandez’s neighbors to hear the gunshots, if they were fired not at Hernandez’s house but at the industrial park where Lloyd’s body was found, what would appear to be the rear of the industrial park isn’t far from Hernandez’s house, which is on the other side of a fairly thin slice of woods.
A jogger found Lloyd’s body in an industrial park Monday. Family members said Friday that Lloyd had been dating Hernandez’s fiancée’s sister for about two years. They said the two men were friends who were together the night Lloyd died. Police in nearby Providence, R.I., said they had assisted Massachusetts state police and North Attleborough police with activity related to the Hernandez investigation at a strip club named Club Desire.
For Aaron Hernandez, the fallout from this tragic incident has already started; CytoSport, a California-based company that makes Muscle Milk and other supplements for athletes, said Friday it was ending Hernandez’s endorsement contract, effective immediately, because of the investigation.
Earlier this week, Alexander Bradley filed a lawsuit in South Florida claiming Hernandez shot him in the face after they argued at a strip club there; Bradley’s lawsuit accuses Hernandez of negligence, among other things, suggesting that the shooting may have been accidental. Bradley said he lost his right eye and suffers many other lingering effects from the shooting.
A spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County sheriff’s office said Friday that investigators would need to speak with Bradley to move forward with a criminal investigation and cannot rely on the claims he made in his lawsuit. The spokeswoman, Teri Barbera, said Bradley repeatedly refused to cooperate in the criminal probe after he was shot in February, telling detectives he didn’t know who shot him.
On the NFL point of view, the commissioner Roger Goodell will do what he has always done with incidents like this, he’s going to sit tight and wait for the legal process to take its course. Should Hernandez be arrested, Goodell could punish him under the NFL’s personal conduct policy, but he generally prefers to await the outcome of all legal proceedings.
“We must protect the integrity of the NFL,” Goodell has said. “The highest standards of conduct must be met by everyone in the NFL because it is a privilege to represent the NFL, not a right. These players, and all members of our league, have to make the right choices and decisions in their conduct on a consistent basis.”
According to a report from FOX 25 in Boston, a “paper warrant” has been issued for New England Patriots’ tight end Aaron Hernandez’s arrest. The warrant was issued early on Friday and it is what is known as “paper warrant.” A paper warrant is often used as a way to negotiate with a defense attorney and the issuing of the warrant may be a squeeze tactic…to get him to come to the table, start talking and start cooperating.
Pro Football Talk reports that the charge is most likely fueled by the reports of Hernandez destroying his home security system and cell phone after police began investigating him for the murder of Odin Lloyd.
Sports Illustrated first broke the story on Tuesday, saying Hernandez was questioned by Massachusetts state police in its investigation. According to SI.com, police connected a 2013 Chevrolet Suburban rented in Hernandez’s name with the homicide of Lloyd.
Timeline of events
MONDAY – Body of Odin Lloyd was found about a mile from Hernandez’ home.
TUESDAY – Police search Hernandez home and remove boxes.
THURSDAY – (1)A lawsuit alleging Hernandez shot a man in the face in the month of February was refiled in Florida court. (2) Police learn that Hernandez home security system and cell phone were destroyed.
FRIDAY – Police prepare arrest warrant of Hernandez for obstruction of justice.