Multiple news outlets are reporting that an arrest warrant has been issued for Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in connection with the shooting death earlier this week of Odin Lloyd of Dorchester, Mass.
According to WBZ, a CBS News Boston affiliate, Hernandez will be arrested for obstruction of justice, with the possibility that the charges could be upgraded. Given Thursday's news that Hernandez apparently destroyed both his home surveillance system and a cell phone, either of which could have provided clues to Lloyd's death, the charges are not surprising. Massachusetts state police will apparently carry out the arrest, though the terms have not yet been disclosed.
According to ABC News, Lloyd was killed by a gunshot to the head at some point between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Monday. His body was found in a clearing of an industrial park by a jogger about 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
Hernandez has gone from being a person of interest to a key figure in Lloyd's death. Lloyd, a semi-pro football player for the Boston Bandits, had several connections to Hernandez. He had been driving an SUV rented in Hernandez's name, he was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee, and he was found half a mile from Hernandez's home.
Hernandez was the focus of intense media scrutiny on Thursday, as he was tailed from his home to Gillette Stadium and downtown Boston. At one point, a news helicopter even broadcast coverage of Hernandez's movements, helping ratchet the story from tragedy toward absurdity.
In addition, ABC News has reported that surveillance video from Hernandez's neighborhood shows Hernandez with Lloyd and two other people shortly before Lloyd's death.
Hernandez has not spoken to the media in several days. Instead, his attorneys have provided statements attesting to his innocence. Neither the Patriots nor the NFL have commented on the case, both parties indicating they will be following the developments but without offering statements.