It's been a nightmare for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's personal life over the past couple of weeks. Unfortunately, as more details of a Massachusetts murder case emerge, it appears that the nightmare may have been of Hernandez's own doing.
According to multiple reports, Hernandez was arrested on Wednesday as a suspect in the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player in Massachusetts. Lloyd was also the boyfriend of the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend. In a sad turn of events, Lloyd's body was found in a corporate complex on June 17th about a mile away from Hernandez's home.
After the days unfolded, there were bits of news that came out talking about an intentional destruction of Hernandez's home security system (which included cameras), as well as a cell phone that was intentionally broken. Authorities held off on making an arrest, but searched the surrounding premises of Hernandez's home, which included a stream/pond. Apparently, after making some findings, authorities felt that they had enough evidence to implicate Hernandez's involvement in the case. The Massachusetts State Police released a tweet stating that Hernandez has been charged with a number of crimes:
Hernandez charged with Murder, Unlawful possession of a firearm, Possession of a large capacity firearm. Invest ongoing. No further updates.— MASS STATE POLICE (@MassStatePolice) June 26, 2013
Once he was brought into custody, Hernandez was had an initial hearing with a judge. On the charge of first degree murder, Hernandez booked and will be held without bail, per the judge's orders.
Shortly after the arrest was made, the Patriots made the quick decision to cut Hernandez from the roster. The decision falls in line with their stance on distancing themselves from Hernandez throughout the investigation. The team signed Hernandez to a lucrative contract extension last year. A team statement was released after the situation unfolded on Wednesday:
"A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do,"
The murder case comes on the heels of another lawsuit filed against Hernandez by a man in Florida. That man claims that Hernandez inadvertently shot him in a car while leaving a local strip club in a vehicle. The man claims that the wound struck his arm and also ricocheted in his right eye, causing him to lose his sight.
If Hernandez is tried and convicted in this case, it would arguably the biggest and darkest news story amongst the likes of the Jovan Belcher tragedy last winter and the Ray Lewis case from over a decade ago.