Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Police search Aaron Hernandez's home again

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez remained free Saturday even as police searched his home as part of the investigation into the shooting death of a man who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

Officers, including one with a crowbar, spent about four hours at the home of the Bristol, Conn., native and former Florida Gator standout. Two police dog units searched the house as well as the back yard and sport utility vehicle. A locksmith also spent time in the house.

Some officers carried paper bags of unidentified items out of the home. Police, who also searched the home last week, declined to comment on why they returned or what they were looking for.

Hernandez's attorney, Michael Fee, arrived at the home about midway through the search and remained until after police left. He declined to comment. Hernandez was not seen.

ABC news reported Friday that Massachusetts authorities were expected to execute an arrest warrant for Hernandez, 23, for obstruction of justice in connection with the death of Odin Lloyd. The Attleboro District Court clerk magistrate said none had been issued as of Friday afternoon.

The expected charge resulted from reports that Hernandez destroyed his cell phone and the security system at his home and hired a crew to clean the home.

The Fox TV affiliate in Boston reported the warrant has not been entered into the police computer system, which prevents it from being executed. It also reported police might delay executing the warrant in hopes Hernandez cooperates.

Lloyd's body was found Monday less than a mile from Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, a suburb of Boston, and near a car rented in Hernandez's name.

The Bristol County District Attorney's Office declined to comment on the search or investigation in general. Since Monday, it has said only the death is being investigated as a homicide.

ABC News previously reported Hernandez and Lloyd were together at several nightclubs last weekend. And the Boston Herald reported police searched a strip club in Providence, R.I., on Friday. Gerry DiSanto, owner of Club Desire, said he didn't know what police were looking for.

Jaguars: Offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, the second overall pick in April, signed. Under the rookie salary cap, the No. 2 pick gets a five-year deal with a signing bonus of about $13.8 million. Only two other top-10 picks, Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and Rams receiver Tavon Austin, have signed.

Sack award: The league announced it will give the season sack leader the Deacon Jones Award. Jones, a former defensive end who died June 3, is credited with inventing the term "sack" before it became an official stat in 1982.

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