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Police: Reports of imminent Aaron Hernandez arrest ‘absolutely untrue’

06.20.13 at 1:05 pm ET
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Responding to multiple reports that Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is likely to be arrested in connection with the homicide of Odin Lloyd, a Massachusetts State Police representative responded Thursday afternoon that the reports are “absolutely untrue,” according to Boston Globe reporter Wesley Lowery.

Lowery added that no arrest warrant has been issued for anyone related to the murder case, although that could change quickly.

Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bedard and Pete Thamel posted a story shortly after noontime Thursday noting that Hernandez’s arrest is likely, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation, but it’s not clear what charges he would face.

Boston.com’s Steve Silva previously tweeted late Thursday morning that a law enforcement source indicated Hernandez would be arrested in connection with the case. However, Silva later tweeted that the arrest was not directly connected to the murder investigation.

According to the victim’s family, Lloyd had been dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend. His body was discovered Monday in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez’s North Attleboro home.  Fox Boston reported that evidence indicates Hernandez and two friends were with Lloyd the night he was killed.

State police searched Hernandez’s home earlier this week. Hernandez reportedly has not been cooperating with the investigation. He’s said nothing to the media swarm that has been tailing him. He was followed by TV helicopters and media in cars when he visited Gillette Stadium on Thursday, and when he left and stopped at a gas station, he was mobbed before abruptly leaving.

Said Hernandez attorney Michael Fee in a statement: “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.”

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