Aaron Hernandez: No arrest warrants or arrests in homicide case yet (updated)

June 21, 2013

Aaron Hernandez had plenty of company when he left his house Thursday morning. (Mark Stockwell / AP)

Updated at 11:13 a.m.

Boston authorities say no warrants have been issued in the murder of Odin Lloyd, after overnight reports indicated that New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez would be cited for obstruction of justice in the case.

“There are no arrest warrants issued,” a source told the Boston Globe.  “For anyone.”

A spokeswoman for Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter Jr. told the Globe that she could not comment and that the investigation is “active and ongoing.”

“I have seen the news reports,”Yasmina Serdarevic told the Globe this morning. “I can’t comment on them. The investigation is active and ongoing.”

ABC News reported that a warrant has been prepared.

Original post, filed at 8:44 a.m.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on a charge of obstructing justice in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd, according to a Boston radio report.

The warrant, first reported by WBZ and confirmed by ABC, stems from the destruction of Hernandez’s home surveillance system and cell phone as well as the arrival of a cleaning crew at the home Monday. Officially, police have said only that they do not rule Hernandez out as a suspect.

Videos appear to show Hernandez with the victim in downtown Boston as well as shortly before he was shot to death in North Attleboro, Mass., on Monday, the Boston Globe reports. ABC cites sources who say that surveillance video from elsewhere in the neighborhood shows Hernandez with Lloyd and two other people hours before the murder.

Lloyd, who was shot to death, was found late Monday afternoon in an industrial area near Hernandez’s home. He reportedly was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee and was driving an SUV that had been rented in Hernandez’s name the night he was killed.

Hernandez ventured from his home Thursday and the result was a surreal scene reminiscent of the infamous “white Bronco chase” as he drove in a white SUV, with news helicopters and reporters on the ground trailing him. Hernandez, who reportedly stopped cooperating with authorities after hiring the Ropes and Gray law firm, headed for the firm’s office after being turned away from Gillette Stadium on Thursday. Patriots spokesman Stacey James told the Boston Herald only that he did not know why Hernandez was at the stadium because “no coaches are here.”

Hernandez is also dealing with a lawsuit that was re-filed in South Florida on Thursday by a man who alleges that Hernandez shot him in the face after a disagreement at a Miami strip club in February.

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