An arrest warrant has been prepared for Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in connection with the shooting death earlier this week of Odin Lloyd, according to ABC News. A Boston Globe report states that a warrant has yet to be issued for anyone in connection to Lloyd's death.
According to ABC News, an arrest warrant has been prepared for Hernandez for obstruction of justice, with the possibility that the charges could be upgraded. A source told the Boston Globe, “There are no arrest warrants issued. For anyone.’’
On Thursday, Hernandez reportedly destroyed both his home surveillance system and a cell phone, either of which could have provided clues to Lloyd's death. He also hired a cleaning service to clean his house on Monday.
According to ABC News, Lloyd, of Dorchester, Mass., was killed by a gunshot to the head at some point between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Monday. His body was found in a clearing of an industrial park by a jogger about 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
Hernandez has gone from being a person of interest to a key figure in Lloyd's death. Lloyd, a semi-pro football player for the Boston Bandits, had several connections to Hernandez. He had been driving an SUV rented in Hernandez's name, he was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee, and he was found half a mile from Hernandez's home.
Hernandez was the focus of intense media scrutiny on Thursday, as he was tailed from his home to Gillette Stadium and downtown Boston. The Boston Herald reports that Hernandez has been barred from the Patriots' facility. At one point, a news helicopter even broadcast coverage of Hernandez's movements, helping ratchet the story from tragedy toward absurdity.
In addition, ABC News has reported that surveillance video from Hernandez's neighborhood shows Hernandez with Lloyd and two other people shortly before Lloyd's death.
Hernandez has not spoken to the media in several days. Instead, his attorneys have provided statements attesting to his innocence. Neither the Patriots nor the NFL have commented on the case, both parties indicating they will be following the developments but without offering statements.
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