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Aaron Hernandez arrested, charged with murder

 

Update: 6/26/13 11:45AM

Hernandez Charged With Murder

(Attleboro, MA)  —  Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is being charged with murder.  Hernandez was arrested today at his home.  He has been investigated for days in connection with the shooting death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.  He’s also being charged with five firearm-related crimes, including carrying a firearm without a license.

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North  Attleboro,  MA (Sports Network) –  New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was taken into custody by police on Wednesday morning. Hernandez,  dressed in a  white T-shirt and shorts, was led away from his home in handcuffs by officers.

It was unclear what charges were being brought against Hernandez.

The  arrest comes  nine days  after  the body  of  Odin Lloyd  was found  near Hernandez’s home.  Police were investigating Lloyd’s death  as a homicide  and searched Hernandez’s home a few times last week.

According to ESPN.com Hernandez has been released by the Patriots, who announced the transaction on their official Twitter account.

In a release from the Patriots, the team says it’s disappointed one of its players was arrested in connection with the case and feels his release is the “right thing to do.”

Last  week,  FOX-25 in  Boston cited  a law enforcement  source as saying that Hernandez and Lloyd were with two other men at a bar in Boston on the night of the  homicide and  left together  in  a vehicle  driven by Hernandez. The  TV station also said Hernandez’s neighbors heard gunshots between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. ET on Monday morning.

ABC  News  last Thursday, citing  an investigator  with knowledge of the case, reported  that Hernandez intentionally destroyed a home security system within his  house  and turned  over a  broken cell phone  to police.  He also hired a cleaning service to clean his mansion on Monday, according to the source.

Reports had indicated that an arrest warrant for obstruction of justice was at least drawn up last Friday.

Sports  Illustrated first broke the  story last Tuesday, saying Hernandez was
questioned  by  Massachusetts state police  in its investigation. According to SI.com,  police connected a 2013 Chevrolet Suburban rented in Hernandez’s name with the homicide of Lloyd.

Hernandez has spent three seasons with the Patriots. He set career highs of 79 catches,  910 receiving  yards and seven touchdowns during his Pro Bowl season of  2011, then played  in just 10 games due to injuries last year and finished with 51 receptions for 483 yards with five touchdowns.

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