(NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass.) — New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is now the subject of an arrest warrant drawn up on obstruction of justice charges based on the possible destruction of evidence in connection with the shooting death of his friend, ABC News has learned.
On Thursday, an investigator close to the case told ABC News Hernandez “destroyed his home security system.” The investigator, and other law enforcement sources, confirmed that the security system — which included video surveillance — was smashed intentionally.
The sources also said a cellphone used by Hernandez was handed over to investigators “in pieces” by his attorneys.
Police also want to know why a team of house cleaners were hired on Monday to scrub Hernandez’s mansion, sources told ABC News.
The revelations came as multiple sources told ABC News the star NFL player has not been ruled out as a suspect in the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, 27, who was Hernandez’s friend.
Hernandez has been at the center of the investigation since Lloyd’s body was found –with a gunshot wound to the back of the head — in an industrial park roughly a mile from the Patriots star’s million-dollar mansion in North Attleboro, Mass., on Monday.
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