An arrest warrant is expected to be issued for New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez in connection with the shooting death of semiprofessional football player, Odin Lloyd, according to reports.
WBZ Radio in Boston and ABC News say the warrant has been issued but Boston police have not officially named Hernandez as a suspect or charged him. The Boston Globe says the warrant has not been issued yet.
Lloyd, a friend of Hernandez, was found dead in an industrial park about a half-mile from Hernandez’s home on Monday. Police told Fox 25 that Lloyd was killed near where he was found.
CLUE DIG: Massachusetts police sift dirt yesterday at an industrial site where an associate of New England Patriot star tight end Aaron Hernandez was found slain.
A source told Fox 25 the warrant was for obstruction of justice.
Family members have said Lloyd, a semi-pro football player, was never in trouble and that many things are puzzling about the case. But they also said Friday that they can see progress in the investigation.
"I want the person that killed my son to be brought to justice," said Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward. "That's my first-born child, my only boy child, and they took him away from me. ... I wouldn't trade him for all the money in the world. And if money could bring him back I would give this house up to bring my son back. Nothing can bring my son back."
Hernandez was spotted on surveillance video walking into his suburban home just minutes after neighbors heard gunshots nearby, according to reports.
The residents told police they heard gunfire between 3 and 3:30 a.m. on the same day that Lloyd was fatally shot, according to Fox 25.
Separate surveillance videos show the tight end outside Lloyd’s home about an hour before the incident, and then walking into his own North Attleboro, Mass., home after the shots were heard, the station said.
ABC News said the murder was “execution-style.”
Meanwhile, cops who searched Hernandez’s home Tuesday plan to go there again with a new search warrant based on evidence that “he destroyed his home-security system,” an investigator told ABC News.
Law-enforcement sources said Hernandez’s security setup, which includes video surveillance, was smashed intentionally, ABC said.
Hernandez’s lawyers have turned over a cellphone — smashed “in pieces” — to investigators, sources said.
And in another odd coincidence, Hernandez hired a team of house cleaners to thoroughly clean his suburban Boston mansion Monday, law-enforcement sources told ABC.
Boston news helicopters followed Hernandez yesterday when he visited the offices of his lawyer, Michael Fee, in Boston and the Patriots’ home, Gillette Stadium, in Foxboro, Mass.
But Hernandez was booted from the stadium when he showed up for a workout, the Boston Herald reported.
Team officials said they didn’t know why he’d arrived — because no coaches were there.
Hernandez “has not been ruled out,” a police official told ABC yesterday. “We are not calling him a suspect, but he’s definitely not in the clear.”
Hernandez, the victim, and two other friends were sitting at a VIP table at Rumor nightclub on Sunday evening, just hours before Lloyd was shot and killed, manager Thomas Moore told the Herald.
There was no trouble at the table, and all four left together, according to reports.
Meanwhile, a lawsuit has been refiled in Florida against Hernandez by a man he allegedly shot in South Florida in February after the two left a Miami strip club