NFL Player Arrested and Charged with Murder
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs Wednesday, more than a week after a Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from the player's house.
Hernandez was taken into custody by police, who are investigating the execution-style shooting of Odin Lloyd. The 27-year-old's body was found on June 17 in an industrial park by a nighttime jogger. Lloyd's family members said Lloyd and Hernandez were friends who had been together the previous day.
Just hours after the arrest, the New England Patriots announced in a statement that the team released Hernandez:
A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.
ABC News has reported that Hernandez destroyed his cellphone and video surveillance system and had his home professionally cleaned the day Lloyd's body was found. Massachusetts State Police have twice searched his home, along with the nearby woods and pond. On Saturday, police swarmed his home with investigators and two police dogs for nearly four hours.
With Wednesday's arrest, the center of attention will shift from Hernandez's home (where nearly two dozen reporters have been camped out the past few days) to the court house.