WBZ-TV in Boston reported Wednesday that, according to a law enforcement source, Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez "has not been ruled out as a suspect" in a homicide case near his home that resulted in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Lloyd's body was discovered by a jogger on Monday in an industrial park about a mile away from Hernandez's home.
Hernandez is connected to the case through a vehicle rented in his name that is reportedly a key piece of evidence, according to SI.com. An ABC News report said Hernandez was initially uncooperative with police.
Officers searched Hernandez's home on Tuesday and after finishing the search, left the house with a box, according to WBZ. Authorities then returned to the home for a second search on Wednesday, but weren't able to gain access because nobody answered the door when they knocked.
Hernandez's attorney, Michael Fee, released a statement on Wednesday acknowledging that Hernandez's home had been searched.
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
WFXT-TV in Boston reported late Wednesday that Hernandez is "directly tied to the homicide," which is why authorities executed a search warrant on his house. According to WFXT-TV, Hernandez was seen at a bar in Boston with three other men on the night of the Lloyd's death. At some point, the four men left the bar, but only three made it back to Hernandez's residence. Officials are sure that Lloyd left the bar with Hernandez because of a text they found in Lloyd's phone.
Having said all of that, none of this is great news for Hernandez. Being questioned or suspected in a homicide case generally never is.
Being reported as "uncooperative" while questioned in a homicide case and then reportedly deemed "not ruled out as a suspect" ... these are phrases we hear on CSI: Miami and Law & Order right before the cops catch the person responsible for the crime. But that's not real life.
Just remember that when you hear stuff like this being spun out there.