BOSTON (CBS) – Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will be charged in connection with the shooting death of a 27-year-old Dorchester man, a law enforcement source told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 on Friday.
According to that source, an arrest warrant has been issued on a charge of obstruction of justice.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports
It is not yet clear when and where Hernandez was going to be arrested.
The source added that it is possible that charges could eventually be upgraded.
A clerk magistrate at Attleboro District Court could not confirm to WBZ-TV the existence of the arrest warrant in the court’s system. (Continued…)
A court official noted that some search warrants do not need to be filed electronically before they have been served. That official also said it was possible the document could have been filed at a different court.
The magistrate confirmed that three search warrants for personal property have been issued in this case.
The body of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd of Dorchester was found Monday in a field in North Attleboro, about half-a-mile from Hernandez’s home. He had been shot in the head.
Lloyd was driving an SUV that had been rented in the name of Hernandez and was dating a woman who is the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. Family members of Lloyd told WBZ-TV on Friday that he was with Hernandez the day of the murder. They also describe Lloyd and Hernandez as “friends.”
It was also reported on Friday that police in Providence, Rhode Island have become involved in the investigation as well. WPRI-TV reports that Providence police helped retrieve several days worth of surveillance video from a popular strip club in the city as possible evidence. It’s unclear whether the video, which was voluntarily handed over by Club Desire, contains any useful information.
At first, Hernandez was said to be cooperating with investigators but police sources said he stopped talking to police after he hired the Boston law firm of Ropes and Gray.
Earlier this week, a lawsuit was filed in Florida, accusing Hernandez of shooting a man in the face after an altercation at a strip club.