The news of a pending arrest warrant for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been all over the place, as we heard yesterday morning that Hernandez already had an arrest warrant out. Later, it was reported by the Boston Globe that no warrant was out, but that a warrant in the near future was not ruled out either. Shortly afterwards, ABC reported that an arrest warrant was expected to be issued for Hernandez, and we now have the latest report last night from FOX Boston.
FOX 25 reports that an arrest warrant has indeed been issued for Aaron Hernandez “in connection with a murder investigation”, per a source close to FOX Boston. The warrant is, as expected, for obstruction of justice, which most likely correlates with Hernandez’s decision to destroy video surveillance in his house and his cell phone- both could be key pieces of evidence.
The source close to FOX Boston states that this warrant is a “paper warrant”, which means that investigators are using it to negotiate with Hernandez’s defense attorney. It sounds like authorities are looking for more cooperation from Hernandez, which comes as little surprise given what he has been doing in the past two days and the fact that an obstruction of justice warrant is out for him after destroying potential evidence.
Legal analyst Brad Bailey believes that this could be a “squeeze tactic”.