Patriots NFL player arrested in homicide investigation

By Reuters
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 10:46 EDT
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The house of New England Patriots football player Hernandez is pictured in North Attleborough
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BOSTON (Reuters) – New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez was arrested on Wednesday, according to local media reports, after he was questioned in connection with a shooting death near his home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.

The body of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player for the Boston Bandits, was discovered on June 17 in an industrial park in the town, which lies about 40 miles south of Boston, near the stadium where the Patriots play.

Massachusetts State Police on Wednesday referred questions to local authorities who did not immediately respond. WBZ, a local CBS affiliate, aired video of Hernandez being taken from his home in handcuffs.

Hernandez’s lawyer could not be reached for a comment. A spokesman for the Patriots declined to comment.

Hernandez has also been slapped with a civil lawsuit by a Connecticut man, Alexander Bradley, who claims the Patriots’ tight end shot him in the face after the two left a Miami strip club in February, causing him to lose an eye.

A Florida police official said last week that law enforcement had investigated the February shooting, but abandoned the case after Bradley refused to cooperate.

(Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Scott Malone and Maureen Bavdek)

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