The situation revolving around New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez and the potential murder of Odin Lloyd escalated yesterday to the point where one report stated that Hernandez would be arrested for something other than the murder, one report that he would be arrested for the murder, and one report that he would “likely” be arrested. Today, CBS Boston reports, citing a law enforcement source, that an arrest warrant has been issued for Aaron Hernandez for obstruction of justice.
This comes as no surprise, because Hernandez destroyed video surveillance and his cell phone, and both were likely viewed as pieces of evidence in the case. Hernandez is acting like a guilty man, and CBS Boston also reports that there is a chance that Hernandez’s charge will “eventually be upgraded”.
Per CBS Boston, it is unclear when Aaron Hernandez will be arrested or when these purported charges will be upgraded, and the only conclusion we can draw is that Hernandez is truly in deep. The reports that he has not yet been ruled out as a suspect are all semantics to me, because it seems like Hernandez is a clear suspect in this case. He had an association with Odin Lloyd, and why on earth would a non-suspect destroy potential evidence if he has nothing to hide? It’s suspicious.
One thing to keep in mind, though, (a lot of this is for my own benefit, too) is that some of these reports could be false, because they reflect the opinions and thoughts of one source in law enforcement. With facts being gathered extremely quickly in a fluid and active investigation, thoughts and reports can thus be subject to change. But, for right now, it seems clear that Aaron Hernandez is in a much worse situation than he was in two days ago and that an arrest would be unsurprising.