Aaron Hernandez visits Gillette Stadium while police continue to investigate homicide
|06.20.13 at 12:27 pm ET|
While police continue to investigate Aaron Hernandez‘s involvement in the homicide of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player who was dating Hernandez’s girlfriend’s sister, the Patriots tight end drove to Gillette Stadium late Thursday morning and left about an hour later, followed by TV helicopters.
According to ABC News, Hernandez has not been ruled out as a suspect in the homicide, as details emerge of his relationship with the victim.
“He [Hernandez] has not been ruled out. We are not calling him a suspect, but he is definitely not in the clear,” said one police official close to the investigation, according to the ABC News report.
Forensic evidence places Hernandez’s car at one of the crime scenes in the case, according to a report from Fox Boston. The report also indicates that Hernandez appears to be ‘directly tied to the homicide,’ as he had been with Lloyd at a Boston nightclub Friday night into Saturday, two days before Lloyd is believed to have been killed.
Investigators could be seen digging in a large dirt area near the site where Lloyd’s body was found, in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez’s North Attleboro home.
Hernandez was sued earlier in June for allegedly shooting a man in the face after an altercation in a Miami strip club, according to TMZ. The suit was filed June 13 — less than a week before police arrived at Hernandez’s home to discuss the Lloyd homicide.
Alexander S. Bradley, the man who is suing Hernandez, said he and Hernandez got into an altercation while in the strip club. The two got in the same car and were headed to Palm Beach when Hernandez allegedly aimed his weapon at Bradley and the gun discharged, causing Bradley to suffer major injuries including the loss of his right eye. The lawsuit said that Hernandez ‘possessed a gun he was not legally licensed to have.’
However, according to a USA Today report, Bradley initially said he did not know who shot him before providing a description of one black male and one Hispanic male. He then said he did not want to talk about the case anymore because it hurt, and when he refused to cooperate with investigators the police deemed his case to be inactive.
Four days after attorneys for Bradley filed the lawsuit, the case was dismissed.
Meanwhile, multiple reports emerged Thursday that Hernandez was involved in another incident outside a Providence strip club on June 6 that required police involvement, although it’s not clear that Hernandez did anything wrong. NFL.com’s Ian Rappoport tweeted that the incident report indicates Hernandez was the subject of taunts from a Jets fan. A group gathered outside before police were called to break it up, and someone (not Hernandez) tossed away a gun that was retrieved by police.