Patriots' Aaron Hernandez at the center of Odin Lloyd murder investigation
The evidence is stacking up against New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in the investigation of the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Police are slated to return to Hernandez's home based on evidence that he destroyed his home security system, and thus all video surveillance of his home.
Lloyd's body was found shot in the back of the head roughly a mile away from Hernandez's North Attleborough, Mass. home on Monday. Police estimated he was murdered between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. on June 17. Hernandez and Lloyd were last seen together partying in Boston on in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
Not only were Hernandez and Lloyd said to be friends, but they also had a personal connection. Hernandez's girlfriend Shayanna Jenkins' sister Shanea Jenkins was dating Lloyd. She could not be found in the aftermath of Lloyd's murder, but was eventually located on June 19.
Hernandez is still being investigated for the crime. A car rented in his name was found near Lloyd's murder scene, a team of house cleaners were hired at Hernandez's mansion Monday and his cell phone was delivered to police in pieces.
"He has not been ruled out. We are not calling him a suspect, but he is definitely not in the clear," a police official tells ABC News.
Hernandez was seen entering his home Wednesday and has not left since. His attorney released a statement that reads, "It has been widely reported in the media that the state police have searched the home of our client, Aaron Hernandez, as part of an ongoing investigation. Out of respect for that process, neither we nor Aaron will have any comment about the substance of that investigation until it has come to a conclusion."
To make matters worse for Hernandez, a separate lawsuit filed in court on June 13 claims that Hernandez shot his friend Alexander Bradley in the face after an argument. Police are now investigating "other incidents of violence."