Evidence that doesn’t put Aaron Hernandez in a very good light, mounts up as police announce that they are going back to the Patriots player’s house with another search warrant based on evidence that “he destroyed his home security system,” according to an investigator who spoke to ABC News.
The investigator, and other law enforcement sources, confirmed that the security system, which included a video surveillance system, was smashed intentionally. Sources have also confirmed that a cell phone used by the 23 year-old tight end was handed over to police investigators “in pieces” by Hernandez’s attorneys.
Police sources have also said that law enforcement officials want to know why a team of house cleaners were hired on Monday to scrub Hernandez’s mansion, according to ABC News.
This new information comes at a time when the tight end still hasn’t been ruled out as a suspect in the murder of the semi-pro football player, 27 year-old Odin Lloyd. Lloyd was Hernandez’s friend and he also dated Aaron’s girlfriend’s sister.
The NFL player has been at the center of the investigation since Lloyd’s body was found shot in the back of the head in the clearing of an industrial park that is about a mile from the Patriots star’s million-dollar mansion in North Attleborough Monday.
Police say that they believe Lloyd was killed between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Monday. They have also revealed that his well dressed body was not found until 5:30 p.m. by a teenage jogger. Several police department sources have relayed this information on the condition that their identity be secret as they aren’t allowed to discuss the case.
One police source said, “He [Hernandez] has not been ruled out. We are not calling him a suspect, but he is definitely not in the clear.”
Michael Ree, an attorney for Hernandez has not commented on the investigation but he did release a statement that said, “It has been widely reported in the media that the state police have searched the home of our client, Aaron Hernandez, as part of an ongoing investigation. Out of respect for that process, neither we nor Aaron will have any comment about the substance of that investigation until it has come to a conclusion.”
State Police searched the Hernandez home that he shares with his girlfriend Shayanna Jenkins, who is the mother of their daughter, with a search warrant repeatedly. Hernandez was seen going back inside the house Wednesday with his mother and has not emerged since.
With the new evidence that Aaron Hernandez purposefully smashed his own home surveillance system, police are obviously very suspicious about his motives between destroying his security video system and his cell phone. But police are now happy that Shayanna Jenkins’ sister is safe and sound.
Jenkins’ sister, who was finally named as Shanea , was dating Lloyd, who played for the semi-pro football team Boston Bandits according to several law enforcement sources.
Shanea Jenkins could not be found after the discovery of her boyfriend’s dead body and investigators have said that they were concerned for her safety. Since then the police have been able to locate her.
In another development in the case, ABC News have said that their investigative sources revealed that Aaron Hernandez partied with the deceased, Odin Lloyd, at a Boston nightclub from Friday night into Saturday morning. Police have reviewed surveillance video on Wednesday that was taken at the nightclub.
Investigators have also searched three Enterprise rental cars that were registered to the NFL star, including one that had its silver mirror knocked off. According to sources, that vehicle was recovered at an Enterprise location in Boston Wednesday, the day after police issued a BOLO [Be On The Lookout] for the vehicle.
Sources said that it had been dropped off abruptly sometime on Tuesday with the broken mirror. Another rental vehicle was recovered not far from where Lloyd’s body was discovered and a third rental was stopped from leaving Hernandez’s driveway on Tuesday by state police. The two occupants of the vehicle were questioned and released. P
Police were seen searching that car Tuesday night.
SI.com has reported that one of the three vehicle’s that were rented in Hernandez’s name appear to be a key piece of evidence in the case. Authorities also have asked for help finding a silver mirror cover from another vehicle that may be connected to the case.
Sources have also said that police are investigating “other incidents of violence” that Hernandez is suspected of being involved in.
This follows recent information that Hernandez is being sued by a former friend who lost his eye after his claims that the Patriots player shot him in the face with a handgun in February this year. The lawsuit filed by Alexander Bradley also says that Hernandez “possessed a gun he was not legally licensed to have.”
While more evidence comes to light, things are starting to look pretty damning for the 23 year-old tight end. With the new revelation that Aaron Hernandez smashed his own security system, his actions are looking very suspicious indeed and each day sees more things surfacing that seem to indicate that the NFL star could have been very involved with Odin Lloyd’s shooting death.
By Michael Smith