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New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez Directly Tied to Homicide Investigation

June 20th, 2013 at 9:32 AM
By Serena Sanderson

'Aaron Hernandez' photo (c) 2011, Jeffrey Beall - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ Over the last few days, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has spent a lot of time in the headlines. Sources now report that Hernandez is directly tied to the murder investigation in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd of Dorchester, Massachusetts. Police first questioned Hernandez on Monday, as reported by Sports Illustrated. They then spent three hours on Tuesday searching Hernandez's $1.3 million home, exiting with a large box.

On the night of the homicide, Hernandez, Lloyd and two other men were seen together at a bar in Boston. The four men reportedly left together, but when the car arrived at Hernandez's home, only three men exited the vehicle. Lloyd was not one of them. It has not been determined where the car went or what happened in between the men leaving the bar in Boston and arriving at Hernandez's home in North Attleboro.

A rental vehicle registered to Enterprise Rent-A-Car is a key piece of evidence in the case. The police have issued a "BOLO" for the 2013 Chrysler 300, which was most recently rented by Hernandez. A source reports that forensic evidence ties Hernandez to one of the crime scenes in this case.

Troopers returned to the Hernandez home on Wednesday morning, but no one answered the door. Hernandez returned in the afternoon wearing a Patriots sweatshirt and a red hat. He was carrying what appeared to be a red sports drink, and he did not to speak with reporters who were a mere 100 feet away.

The Patriots drafted Hernandez, a graduate of the University of Florida, in 2010. Hernandez had his breakout season in 2012 when he scored five touchdowns. He has hired a lawyer and is represented by Ropes & Gray in the case. Athletes First agency, who also represents Hernandez,  has said they have no comment on the case.

Tags: Aaron Hernandez, Athletes First, Boston, Football, homicide, investigation, lawyer, New England, New England Patriots, NFL, Odin Lloyd, University of Florida

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