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According to a report by Fox 25, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was at a bar on Sunday night with Odin Lloyd, an acquaintance who was later found shot to death. Lloyd, 27, was found dead at an industrial park about a half-mile from Hernandez’s house in North Attleboro, Mass. The station is reporting that Lloyd, Hernandez and two others left the bar together but only three of the men made it home. The station continues to monitor the whereabouts of Hernandez.
It is being reported that he is being uncooperative with police although it is unclear whether that means he simply hired a lawyer. Hernandez’s attorney, Michael Fee, said in a statement
“It has been widely reported in the media that the state police have searched the home of our client, Aaron Hernandez, as part of an ongoing investigation. Out of respect for that process, neither we nor Aaron will have any comment about the substance of that investigation until it has come to a conclusion.”
ABC News has a report out that does not paint Hernandez in the most favorable light. According to the report, police plan to get a warrant to search Hernandez’s home based on evidence that “he destroyed his home security system.” The video security system was smashed intentionally according to law enforcement sources. Those same sources also say that Hernadez surrendered a cellphone to investigators via his lawyers that was “in pieces.”
From the ABC report:
Police also want to know why a team of house cleaners were hired on Monday to scrub Hernandez’s mansion, sources told ABC News.
The revelations come as multiple sources tell ABC News that the star NFL player has not been ruled out as a suspect in the murder of a semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, 27, who was Hernandez’s friend.
Hernandez has been at the center of the investigation since Lloyd’s body was found shot in the back of the head in a scrubby clearing of an industrial park roughly a mile from the Patriots star’s million-dollar mansion in North Attleboro Monday.
Police believe Lloyd was killed between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Monday, but his well dressed body was not found until 5:30 p.m. by a teenage jogger, several law enforcement sources told ABC News on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the case.
“He [Hernandez] has not been ruled out. We are not calling him a suspect, but he is definitely not in the clear,” said one police official close to the investigation.
Lloyd had been dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend, The New York Post reported.
Sports Illustrated is reporting that an arrest of Hernandez is likely, although the specific charges are unknown. According to SI.com:
New details surfaced late Wednesday night further tying Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to the investigation of a homicide of a Boston man. Hernandez’s involvement in the case is significant enough that a source with knowledge of the investigation said that Hernandez’s arrest is likely. It is not yet known what he would be charged with.
As news continues to come out about Hernandez’s possible ties to the homicide, details about another incident involving the former Pro Bowler and guns continue to emerge.
Alexander Bradley filed a federal lawsuit against the Hernandez yesterday, claiming that the tight end shot him in the face.
“They were friends — he was a personal assistant, he did a little of everything for him,” said Bradley’s lawyer, David Jaroslawicz. “They went down there [to Miami] for some R&R.” Bradley claims that after they got into an argument, Hernandez took out a gun and fired at Bradley, striking him in the right arm and eye. “Hernandez was holding the gun and it went off and hit my client,” Jaroslawicz said. “I’m sure he’ll say it was an accident.”
When Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies found Bradley, he told investigators that he didn’t know who attacked him, but did say that his wounds were not self-inflicted.
The Patriots have not commented about either matter.