Posted June 25, 2013

Aaron Hernandez investigation: Judge seals investigation records

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Aaron Hernandez has been the center of an investigation following the murder of a friend. (Michael DeHoog/Sports/Getty Images)

Police have interviewed Aaron Hernandez as part of a murder investigation. (Michael DeHoog/Getty Images)

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has become a person of interest in a Massachusetts State Police investigation into the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Police have searched Hernandez’s home and some surrounding areas, and he is reported to be the subject of an arrest warrant for obstruction of justice charges.

Check below for the latest updates.

Update: 8:20 p.m. EST, June 25

A judge sealed the records of the Attleboro District Court clerk magistrate’s office involving the homicide investigation in North Attleboro near the home of Aaron Hernandez, according to the Boston Herald.

Attleboro District Court magistrate Mark E. Sturdy issued a statement Tuesday saying that all records related to the shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd will be sealed.

“All records of the Attleboro District Court Clerk – Magistrate’s Office involving the homicide investigation in the Town of North Attleboro have been impounded by order of the Court,” Sturdy’s statement said. “No further information is available at this time.”

Update: 9:02 p.m. EST, June 24

Michael Kay, Aaron Hernandez’s lawyer, issued a statement late Monday that pushed back on reports that an arrest warrant had been issued.

Here is the statement, as tweeted out by The Boston Globe’s Wesley Lowery:

Update: 1:25 p.m. EST, June 24

Massachusetts State Police have completed their search of a pond near Aaron Hernandez’s home and have found no evidence, according to USA Today reporter Kevin Manahan. Police searched a pond and wooded areas surrounding Hernandez’s home for roughly an hour before calling off the search.

Two investigators with wet suits and metal detectors surveyed the pond and the dense brush and trees before one investigator, who requested anonymity, said there was no evidence that the pond had been cleared.

Update: 10:50 a.m. EST, June 24
After taking a break on Sunday, Massachusetts State Police are preparing to enter a body of water near Aaron Hernandez’s home, according to a report from Kathryn Sotnik of NECN. Police will be entering the water with scuba gear and metal detectors.

The speculation is that police are looking for the gun used to shoot Odin Lloyd, according to Pro Football Talk. Police have also set up a tent and may plan on checking the area for a while, according to reporter Rich Hollenberg.

Update: 8:30 p.m. EST, June 22

State police officers and dogs searched Hernandez’s home again on Saturday afternoon for more than three hours. Locksmiths and several officers were involved in searching Hernandez’s home, backyard and large doghouse.

Detectives and uniformed officers did not answer reporters’ questions about why they had returned to Hernandez’s home again.

An attorney for Hernandez said he would not comment on the searches.

Update: 3:50 p.m. EST, June 21

One of Hernandez’s endorsements has cut ties with him due to to the ongoing investigation. CtyoSport, a sports nutrition company fired Hernandez as an endorser on Friday.

“In light of the investigation involving Aaron Hernandez, CytoSport is terminating its endorsement contract with Mr. Hernandez, effective immediately,” the company said in a statement.

Updated: 12:14 p.m. EST, June 21

Kevin Armstrong of the New York Daily News tweeted that two Massachusetts state police officers knocked on the door of Hernandez’s North Attleborough, Mass. mansion. They were allowed to enter and quickly left.

Police searched his home on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Updated: 10:55 a.m. EST, June 21

The Boston Herald reports the Patriots have barred Hernandez from their facilities. Hernandez was allowed in the building on Thursday, but staff were waiting for him and asked him to leave. Patriots spokesman Stacey James would only tell the Herald that he did not know why Hernandez went to Foxboro Stadium Thursday.

“No coaches are here,” said James, declining to comment further.

Updated: 10:30 a.m. EST, June 21

The Boston Globe‘s Wesley Lowery is quoting a police source who has been briefed on the investigation and said an arrest warrant for Aaron Hernandez has not yet been issued. The source says no arrest warrants have been issued “for anyone.”

ABC News updated an earlier report that originally stated an arrest warrant has been issued for Hernandez. The report now states Hernandez remains the subject of an arrest warrant drawn up on obstruction of justice charges based on the possible destruction of evidence in connection with the shooting death of his friend Odin Lloyd.

McCANN: Wide range of legal implications for Hernandez

BEDARD & THAMEL: Teams wary of Hernandez’s past

Original Post: 9:27 a.m. EST, June 21

Boston’s WBZ-TV and ABC News are reporting that New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is the subject of an arrest warrant for obstruction of justice charges in connection to the possible destruction of evidence in the shooting death of his friend.

From ABC News:

Police sources told ABC News on Thursday that a major investigative tool – the security system at Hernandez’s home, which included video – had been intentionally destroyed. His cell phone was handed over to police “in pieces,” and appeared to have been smashed.

Police also want to know why a team of house cleaners were hired on Monday to scrub Hernandez’s mansion, the sources said.

Evidence is mounting that Hernandez and the victim, Odin Lloyd, 27, a semi-pro football player, had been together at several nightclubs during the course of the weekend, including the night before Lloyd’s body was found, several law enforcement sources told ABC News.

The star NFL player has not been ruled out as a suspect in the murder of semi-pro football player Lloyd, 27, who was Hernandez’s friend, sources said, but the warrant that has been issued does not include a murder allegation.

Police have interviewed Hernandez after Lloyd’s body was found shot in the back of the head approximately a mile from the Patriots star’s home in North Attleborough, Mass., on Monday. Police searched his home on Tuesday and Wednesday.

FOX25 reported Thursday that sources confirmed video evidence of Hernandez and two other men wearing hooded sweatshirts walking into Hernandez’s home within minutes of neighbors hearing gunshots.

From FOX25:

Neighbors say they heard the gunshots between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Monday morning, but did not report it to police right away.

Just about an hour before Hernandez was caught on video walking into his home, Hernandez was seen at Lloyd’s home in Dorchester.


77 comments
6marK6
6marK6

Oddly enough, Nike has actually approached Hernandez about a sponsorship deal today.

JimNoonan
JimNoonan

Looks like he's on the Ray Lewis fast track to the Hall of Fame! Okay, Aaron... page 47 of the Ray Lewis playbooks recommends you now start talking about Jesus. A lot. Good luck!

David G
David G

Toast = Hernandez and Patriots

Scramble
Scramble

The Patriots are starting to know how the Celtics felt after drafting Len Bias.

rick2
rick2

The NFL. Is the new NBA

Sports_Fan
Sports_Fan

I'll ask again, is T.O. still looking for work?  It might be a good back-up plan to add him to the pre-season roster, and be prepared for a WR/TE shuffle to fill a probable upcoming vacancy.

6marK6
6marK6

Now we watch the spectacle. Looks guilty, but can afford high price representation, 50/50 on the end verdict.

dennis
dennis

If Hernandez wants to be a returd gangster prison dweller, so be it. There are plenty of real men ready to take his place in the NFL. What a worthless and weak loser he turned out to be.

ThomasCox
ThomasCox

Gang related maybe?  Hernandez... Nortenos?  Surenos?  Mexican Mafia maybe?  Odin....Blood?  Crip?  Maybe someone high on the food chain ordered a hit?   Just speculation.

Whatever
Whatever

Hernandez will be arrested soon enough. The police are gathering evidence and making their charges as solid as they can, because there are time limits imposed on charging someone once you arrest them. 

If Hernandez didn't kill Lloyd, it certainly looks like the played a major role in trying to cover up for the guy who did. Either way, he's going to be guilty of obstruction of justice at the minimum, or guilty as an accessory to murder, or maybe even first degree murder itself because he was likely there when Lloyd was murdered.

MARK7
MARK7

All of these professional idiots who idolize the Patriots, what a bunch of morons. The Feds are taking over this case, as Hernandez shot another person in the head, and the guy lost an eye. Hernandez was never charged, and in reality, he should have been in jail at the time he killed Odin Loyd. 

The DA and the Proescution along with the Police in North Attleborough, Mass. are in deep water without a boat. Hernandez has a history of gun violence, yet he was allowed to remain free because he plays football for the Patriots..  Everybody is going down on this one.. 

Hernandez is going to sue the Patriots now for discrimination, because they have barred him from their facilities... Come on man, Hernandez is just another Mexicant doing a job nobody else wants to do, where is the love?

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Hire a lawyer, quick. I'm pretty sure you'll be needing one. 

salvaje50
salvaje50

Stacey James is a spokesman for the Patriots, not the cops.

Tony M
Tony M

"Tim Tebow?, Ya this is Aaron your new team mate.   Say you're tight with the big guy, how's about a miracle?"

"But Aaron, I don't know Coach Belichick that well yet..."

Mark V.1
Mark V.1

Rule #1 of criminal activity, folks: ALWAYS work alone.

imst0ncld
imst0ncld

i would say that MR Hernandez will be arrested soon. He was involved somehow but the police don't want to do anything until they are sure they can convict. I'm sure that he is being watched and that however he is involved, the shooter or if he was just there and part of (LIKE RAY LEWIS) the police will act accordingly and do what has to be done.

On a football note I would have Tebow running routes and looking for a new tight end because you will not see this guy for a while.  

Let's not forget also that a young man is dead and that's the WORST part of this mess.

Rest in peace Odin Loyd!!!!!!!

OuttaTownShooter
OuttaTownShooter

Maybe he wasnt listened hard enough when Victor Sweet told him that. Thats why you hire outta town shooters!!!


BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

Is this how the justice system works for normal people?  I figured we'd know there was an arrest warrant for him when he was, you know, arrested.  Instead we've known there was going to be an arrest warrant for a little over 24 hours now and still no arrest.


Now we know why celebrities that commit major felonies always have the opportunities that they do to flee the country.

RangerGod
RangerGod

Aaron should have hired some out of town shooters, what he got was some in-town shooters, now he's got problems with in-town police

6marK6
6marK6

@JimNoonan You got that right! The praise Lewis got this year you would have thought he was Jesus.

6marK6
6marK6

@Scramble Please explain this completely moronic and idiotic statement. Better yet, stop speaking.

riley8
riley8

@6marK6 I think you just explained why he hasn't been arrested yet.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@dennis Good to see that you have already bypassed that pesky legal system and rendered a sentence. 

6marK6
6marK6

@MARK7 This was one of the most confused ramblings I have ever read. Nonsensical for sure, but highly entertaining.

Brett Kos
Brett Kos

@MARK7 Wow, maybe you should talk to the police since you know what happened.  They'll charge you with with withholding evidence if you don't.

Whatever
Whatever

@MARK7 You're a moron. There were no charges filed in the other shooting, so the police can't do anything about it. They may not have even known about the other incident.

Hernandez can't sue the Patriots over anything. Discrimination? Seriously?!? You need to get a clue, dude. Any employer can bar an employee from entering their work premises, particularly if the employee is a suspect in a murder investigation.

Cool
Cool

@BosephHeyden It isn't easy finding white bronco's now days, give the man a break.

Bussman24
Bussman24

@6marK6 @ScrambleThink Scramble is referring to the concept of drafting a player who you thought was a good, clean kid... then finding out only after it's too late he's a drug addict or a thug.  Take your head out of your rear and do some thinking on your own next time...

Scramble
Scramble

@6marK6 @Scramble Well if you can't figure it out, then you are the one with the moronic and idiotic response.

Bussman24
Bussman24

@riley8 @6marK6No arrest because there is no evidence and everything thus far is hearsay (sp?).  Once they actually have something... a gun, motive, etc... then they can arrest.  FBI knows Hernandez will lawyer up with a high priced attorney so they probably want him dead in the water before they issue that warrant (ie, bloody finger prints on a gun).

Bussman24
Bussman24

@Scramble @6marK6 Interesting 'theory' yesterday on Mike/Mike.  Some think the investigation on Hernandez is not because they suspect he did it but rather, he knows who did and they are trying to put pressure on him to divulge the real killer.  Personally,,, I think OJ did it!

BlaineWest
BlaineWest

@Scramble @6marK6 A criminal act? Snorting blow and executing someone aren't even in the same universe and I'm not a Boston sports fan. Drug use really is a personal/lifestyle choice not a true crime or contrary to natural justice. Murder on the other hand is a whole other kettle of fish.

Scramble
Scramble

@6marK6 @Scramble Two New England teams may lose a player due to a criminal act. Do I need to get my 19 month old grand son to explain it to you. You make football fans look like idiots.

6marK6
6marK6

@Scramble @6marK6 Guilty! Because I cannot in a million years see the comparison between a basketball player that died of an overdose right after being drafted by the Celtics 30 years ago and football player several years into his career that might have murdered somebody. I guess your mind works in more simple ways.

RickDesper
RickDesper

@aaronfarber9 @John4 @RickDesper 

a) I don't read Deadspin

b) that's a really old joke...Deadspin didn't make it up either.  The original "white Bronco" was Elway.  I just updated it.