23 year old New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested yesterday Wednesday June 26th at his mansion in Massachusetts in connection with the murder of another player whose body was found near his home.
The body of 27 year old former semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd was found on June 17th in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez’s house. Police say he had been shot multiple times in the groin, back and chest. Hernandez has since been remanded into custody without bail.
Prosecutors say there was communication between the Odin Lloyd (pictured above) and Hernandez just 10 hours before Odin’s death. They say they have video showing Lloyd getting into Hernandez’ car around that time. They also say Hernandez had been texting Lloyd.
The DA said keys were found in Lloyd’s pocket to a car that had been rented by Hernandez.
Mr Lloyd’s relatives said the two men were friends and both had been out together on the night Mr Lloyd died. In court on Wednesday, prosecutors said the killing arose from a dispute at a Boston nightclub on June 14.
They said Mr Lloyd was aware Hernandez was upset with him after being picked up by the NFL star in the early hours of June 17.
Prosecutors said Mr Lloyd sent a text to his sister saying: “Did you see who I am with.”
When his sister asked who, Mr Lloyd responded: “NFL.”
Within minutes of the text, people working overnight at the industrial park reported hearing gunshots, authorities said.
As for the motive, prosecutors believe Odin had said something recently to Hernandez that destroyed his trust. Lloyd is believed to have been dating the sister of Aaron’s fiancee at the time of his murder.
In addition to murder, Hernandez has been charged with 1 count of carrying a gun without a license, 2 counts of possession of a large firearm, and 2 counts of firearm possession. He has pled not guilty.
Last summer, the Patriots gave Hernandez a five-year contract worth $40m.
Source: SKY News and TMZ