NFL tight end could face obstruction of justice charges.
An arrest warrant has been prepared for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez for obstruction of justice in connection with a murder investigation, according to reports.
Media outlets reported that the arrest warrant was sought after police learned the National Football League player possibly destroyed evidence in connection with the shooting death of Odin Lloyd.
USA Today, however, reported that a court clerk said no arrest warrant had been issued for Hernandez, but ESPN reported that police said it was only a matter of time before the move would be made.
Police had already met twice with Hernandez, whose $1.7 million mansion home is about a mile from where Lloyd’s body was discovered on Monday night.
ABC, citing police sources, reported that a video security system at the home of Hernandez had been deliberately destroyed and that the portable phone a lawyer for Hernandez gave to police had been smashed into pieces.
The report also said police wanted to know why house cleaners were hired to scrub down Hernandez’s home on Monday.
Law-enforcement sources told the Fox station and ABC that Hernandez, 23, and Lloyd, 27, had been seen at several nightclubs last weekend.
Fox reported that Hernandez’s neighbors heard gunshots shortly after 3 a.m. on Monday.
Hernandez, who has played three seasons for the Patriots, made 79 catches for 910 yards and seven touchdowns in the 2011 season but played only 10 games last year due to injuries, making 51 catches for 483 yards and five touchdowns.