Pats TE Hernandez tied to murder, according to report

By on June 20, 2013
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) participates in a drill at team practice in Foxborough, Mass. Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. The Patriots are preparing for their final pre-season football game against the New York Giants on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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As police investigate Aaron Herndez’s links to a possible homicide, details emerge of a lawsuit accusing the New England Patriots tight end of shooting a man earlier this month.

NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Yellow school buses shuttled children and housewives walked their dogs along Homeward Drive at 2 p.m. Wednesday as seven members of the Massachusetts State Police’s Special Emergency Response unit canvassed both sides of the leafy street. The officers, dressed in black from ball caps to combat boots, sifted through high grass with black hiking poles, searching flowerbeds, underbrush, front lawns and a creek around the corner from Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez‘s house.

Hernandez, 23, remained holed up in his three-story house while authorities investigated a possible homicide. The dead body of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old receiver for the Boston Bandits semiprofessional team, was found in an industrial park clearing less than a mile from Hernandez’s home on Monday evening, according to reports.

New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass. Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

Vincent DeWitt for the New York Daily News

New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass. Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

Lloyd was reportedly shot once in the head, and his body was discovered near a vehicle that had been rented by Hernandez. Police searched Hernandez’s house for more than two hours Tuesday evening. He was reportedly questioned by the police. It is not known whether he is a suspect.

Hernandez has faced issues in the past and present. Once a schoolboy star in Bristol, Conn., he won a national championship at Florida before being drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft in 2010. Several NFL teams were concerned about his past marijuana use then, and he was recently sued for allegedly shooting Alexander S. Bradley, an acquaintance, in Miami earlier in June. The two men allegedly argued at Tootsie’s strip club prior to the shooting. Four days later, Bradley dropped the lawsuit.

Media film Massachusetts State Police Police in an industrial area in North Attleborough, Mass. as they searched for evidence regarding a body found in the area two days ago, less than two miles from New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez's home in North Attleborough Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

Vincent DeWitt for the New York Daily News

Media film Massachusetts State Police Police in an industrial area in North Attleborough, Mass. as they searched for evidence regarding a body found in the area two days ago, less than two miles from New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

Hernandez has been a productive member of the Patriots’ high-octane offense in his first three seasons. He has 175 receptions for 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns, but missed 10 games last season with an ankle injury. He also had a shoulder operation in April, but he is expected to be ready for training camp.

“I am aware of the reports, but I do not anticipate that we will be commenting publicly during an ongoing police investigation,” Patriots spokesman Stacey James said.

The Patriots aren't commenting on the Aaron Hernandez police investigation.

Elise Amendola/AP

The Patriots aren’t commenting on the Aaron Hernandez police investigation.

While questions swirled about his involvement, two helicopters circled the area by his house and the scene where the dead body was discovered. Twelve television cameras stood on tripods, their lenses trained on his house. None seemed to be going away anytime soon.

Police vehicles in an industrial area in North Attleborough, Mass. where police earched for evidence regarding a body found in the area two days ago, less than two miles from New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez's home in North Attleborough Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

Vincent DeWitt for the New York Daily News

Police vehicles in an industrial area in North Attleborough, Mass. where police earched for evidence regarding a body found in the area two days ago, less than two miles from New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough Wednesday, June 19, 2013.


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