Saturday, June 22, 2013

Aaron Hernandez Case Gets More Confusing by the Minute: Officials Now Deny They Issued Arrest Warrant for Patriots Star, for Murder of Odin Lloyd

Posted by Nicholas Stix


Murder victim Odin Lloyd has been identified as Aaron Hernandez' "friend," a designation which has proven extremely harmful to its bearers' health


[Previously, on this case, at WEJB/NSU:


"Aaron Hernandez: Authorities Issue Arrest Warrant for New England Patriots' Tight End for Obstruction of Justice Now, While Building Case in Murder of Odin Lloyd, 27; Hernandez Allegedly Has History of Getting Away with Extreme Violence."]

Aaron Hernandez, his girlfriend Shayanna Jenkins, and their baby. It could not be determined form photographs whether the baby had received his first gang tats


Court clerk: No arrest warrant issued for Aaron Hernandez

Staff report, USA TODAY Sports 1:16 p.m. EDT June 21, 2013

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) reacts after missing a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Gillette Stadium.(Photo: Mark L. Baer, USA TODAY Sports)

Story Highlights

  • Aaron Hernandez's home was searched Tuesday night in connection with a homicide in his hometown of North Attleboro, Mass.
  • The victim, Odin Lloyd, was a semi-pro football player and an associate of Hernandez, according to Odin's uncle
  • Hernandez attorney Michael Fee acknowledged the search of Hernandez's home as part of an investigation but said he and the player wouldn't have any comment.

As dueling reports dispute whether an arrest warrant has been issued for Aaron Hernandez, a homicide investigation continues to swirl around the New England Patriots tight end.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030, a CBS affiliate in Boston, reported Friday morning that a warrant had been issued and Hernandez would be charged with obstruction of justice in connection with the shooting death of a friend whose body was found dumped in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass.

But a clerk in the Attleboro District Court told USA TODAY Sports no arrest record has been issued yet for Hernandez or anyone else in the case.

The body of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd of Dorchester, Mass., was found Monday. He had been shot in the head, according to several reports. The Boston Globe reported Friday that Lloyd had been shot multiple times. Lloyd's family has said he had some connection to Hernandez but would not elaborate.

The Boston Globe reported Friday that police have surveillance videos that show Hernandez with Lloyd on the morning police say Lloyd was killed.

ABC News has reported that persons with knowledge of the investigation have said Hernandez destroyed his cell phone and surveillance videos from the cameras at his home, and that his home was cleaned hours after police believe Odin was killed.

The Globe reported a police source who said Lloyd was killed where the body was found.

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Hernandez also is being sued in South Florida by a man claiming Hernandez shot him in the face after they argued at a strip club. The lawsuit was filed late Wednesday by 30-year-old Alexander Bradley.

In his federal lawsuit seeking at least $100,000 in damages, Bradley claims he and Hernandez were with a group in February at Tootsie's club in Miami when the two got into an argument. Later, as they were driving to Palm Beach County, Bradley claims Hernandez shot him with a handgun, causing him to lose his right eye.

Bradley, who is from Connecticut, also suffers from jaw pain, headaches, permanent injury to his right hand and arm and will probably need further surgery, according to the lawsuit. He has already undergone facial reconstruction surgery and has plates and screws in the right side of his face.

Bradley "will require extensive medical care and treatment for the rest of his life," the four-page lawsuit says.

Bradley did not mention Hernandez in a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office report at the time. Bradley, found shot and bleeding Feb. 13 in an alley behind a John Deere store, insisted to investigators he did not know who shot him and gave only a vague description of possible assailants. A store employee found Bradley after hearing a shot outside, but the store's video surveillance system wasn't working.

Hernandez's lawyer did not immediately respond Thursday to an email seeking comment about the lawsuit. The lawsuit does not mention how Hernandez and Bradley are acquainted.

In another development Thursday, police in Providence, R.I., said Hernandez was taunted in May by a man at a nightclub near the Brown University campus but walked away. The man followed Hernandez for three blocks and a crowd formed, held back by police while Hernandez got into his vehicle and left.

Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, family and police were mum on the nature of Hernandez's relationship to Lloyd, who played for the Boston Bandits semi-pro team.

Media camped out Thursday at Hernandez's home, on the Rhode Island state line not far from the Patriots' stadium in Foxborough. A news helicopter followed along as Hernandez drove in a white SUV from his home to the stadium, then got out and went inside.

Patriots spokesman Stacey James said the team had no comment on why Hernandez was there. He said earlier that the team did not anticipate commenting publicly during the police investigation.

A Massachusetts State Police emergency response team on Thursday was searching the brush with metal detectors and poles on a road leading to the entrance to Hernandez's subdivision.

Hernandez attorney Michael Fee acknowledged media reports about the state police search of Hernandez's home as part of an investigation but said he and the player wouldn't have any comment on it.

Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, would not say how Lloyd knew Hernandez and did not say whether police told her how her son died. An uncle said Lloyd had a connection to Hernandez but wouldn't elaborate.

Bristol District Attorney Samuel Sutter's office said investigators were asking for the public's help to find a silver mirror cover believed to have broken off a car between Boston and North Attleborough.

On Wednesday, at least seven state troopers searched both sides of a road just off the street where Hernandez lives. The officers used thin poles to pull back plants and search through undergrowth along the road.

The Patriots drafted Hernandez out of Florida in 2010. Since then, he has combined with Rob Gronkowski to form one of the top tight end duos in the NFL. He missed 10 games last season with an ankle injury and had shoulder surgery in April but is expected to be ready for training camp. Last summer, the Patriots gave him a five-year contract worth $40 million.

Hernandez said after he was drafted that he had failed a drug test while with the Gators and had been upfront with NFL teams about the issue.

Sports Illustrated reported that the link between Hernandez and the case was a rented Chevrolet Suburban with Rhode Island plates that police had been searching for. The Associated Press could not independently confirm the report.

Lloyd's neighbor Larry Connors said a black Suburban with Rhode Island license plates was towed out of the yard of Lloyd's house after his body was found. Lloyd had been driving it for a few days, but Connors had never seen it before that.


Contributing: Associated Press

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