NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – A 27-year-old Dorchester man found dead in an industrial park less than a mile away from the home of New England Patriots' TE Aaron Hernandez was shot multiple times, a source tells FOX 25.
The law enforcement source said that investigators believe Odin Lloyd was killed in the area where his body was found in the early morning hours of June 17. Investigators have returned to that area five times in the last week.
Law enforcement officials have also searched Hernandez's home twice since Lloyd's body was discovered. On Saturday, detectives were seen leaving the 23-year-old's home with several large brown bags. Mass. State Police also continued to search a creek off Homeward Lane Monday.
Last Friday, a source told FOX 25's Bob Ward that a paper warrant had been issued for Hernandez on an obstruction of justice charge in connection with Lloyd's death. The warrant had not been executed as of Tuesday evening.
A court memo issued Tuesday suggests it may be some time before any questions about Hernandez's involvement in the investigation are answered.
The memo, written by Clerk Magistrate Mark E. Sturdy, says that all records from Attleboro District Court related to the Lloyd's homicide have been impounded by a court order.
On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Ropes & Gray had confirmed that well-known criminal attorney Jamie Sultan, of Rankin & Sultan, is acting as Hernandez's co-counsel.
Sultan visited Hernandez's home Tuesday afternoon. Attorney Michael K. Fee, of Ropes & Gray LLP, has represented Hernandez since investigators began probing the death of Lloyd.
Sultan's biography says he "has more than 30 years of experience fighting for clients facing serious criminal charges in both state and federal courts."
Sultan is most widely known for representing Violet, Cheryl, and Gerald Amirault. Violet and her daughter, Cheryl, were charged alongside her son, Gerald, for allegations that he abused children at a day care center where they all worked in 1984. Violet and Cheryl were released after serving eight years in prison. Gerald was released on parole in 2004.
Lloyd's family has said Lloyd and Hernandez were friends. They said Lloyd dated the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend.
A source told FOX 25's Bob Ward that surveillance video showed Hernandez walking into his home with two others around 3:30 a.m. on June 17. Neighbors told police they heard what sounded like gunshots shortly before they arrived to the home. The shots were not immediately reported and FOX 25 has been unable to find any neighbor who will admit to hearing them.
Another source tells FOX 25 Hernandez was seen with Lloyd within 24 hours of his body being discovered. At some point in the days before Lloyd's death, police believe he was in a vehicle driven by Hernandez.
Officials have released few details surrounding the case. The Bristol County District Attorney's office told the Boston Globe they are "trying to protect the integrity" of the probe and that they will speak once they are allowed to share information.
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