Family members of the man found slain a mile from New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez’s house said Friday they are looking for answers about what happened the night he died, and with the drama continuing to develop day by day, the Associated Press revealed this morning that search warrants were finally executed on Hernandez’ home.
Police have searched in and around Hernandez’s sprawling home in North Attleborough, not far from the Patriots practice. The Bristol County District Attorney has not released any information, other than saying the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd is being treated as a homicide.
A jogger found Lloyd’s body in an industrial park Monday. His uncle Ishmael Andrew said Friday that Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend.
Family members have said Lloyd, a semi-pro football player, was never in trouble, making this case a very disturbing and interesting incident.
Hernandez attorney Michael Fee has acknowledged media reports about the state police search of his client’s home but says he wouldn’t comment on the current situation.
Three search warrants had been issued earlier in the week, but as of now no arrest warrants have been filed.
This has clearly taken over the NFL’s offseason news as the media and everyone around the NFL has been caught up in the gripping details of this murder mystery. A news helicopter followed along Thursday as Hernandez drove in a white SUV from his home to the stadium where the Patriots practice, then got out and went inside.
Patriots spokesman Stacey James said the team had no comment as to why Hernandez was there. He said earlier that the team did not anticipate commenting publicly during the police investigation. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is waiting for the legal process to take its course, but could suspend Hernandez even if he doesn’t get arrested.
Hernandez has had a rather spotty track record that is surfacing more and more with time. From his failed drug test at Florida to a new story about him losing his marbles on Wes Welker watching film during his rookie preseason, things are not looking good for the Patriots tight end’s image or legal life at the moment.
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, but that story is the least of his problems as another man came forward saying that Hernandez himself shot him in the face. Late Wednesday, a 30-year-old man filed a lawsuit in South Florida claiming Hernandez shot him in the face after they argued at a strip club.
In his federal lawsuit seeking at least $100,000 in damages, Alexander 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 said Hernandez shot him with a handgun, causing him to lose his right eye. Fee, Hernandez’s attorney, did not respond Thursday to an email seeking comment about the lawsuit.
At the moment things don’t look good for Hernandez, but the more pressing story is a family who has lost their son as 27 year old Odin Lloyd’s murder investigation continues day by day in what is a gripping and disturbing developing story that should carry into the weekend.