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Aaron Hernandez investigation: Judge seals investigation records

Aaron Hernandez has been the center of an investigation following the murder of a friend. (Michael DeHoog/Sports/Getty Images) Police have interviewed Aaron Hernandez as part of a murder investigation. (Michael DeHoog/Getty Images)

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has become a person of interest in a Massachusetts State Police investigation into the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Police have searched Hernandez's home and some surrounding areas, and he is reported to be the subject of an arrest warrant for obstruction of justice charges.

Check below for the latest updates.

Update: 8:20 p.m. EST, June 25

A judge sealed the records of the Attleboro District Court clerk magistrate’s office involving the homicide investigation in North Attleboro near the home of Aaron Hernandez, according to the Boston Herald.

Attleboro District Court magistrate Mark E. Sturdy issued a statement Tuesday saying that all records related to the shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd will be sealed.

"All records of the Attleboro District Court Clerk - Magistrate's Office involving the homicide investigation in the Town of North Attleboro have been impounded by order of the Court," Sturdy's statement said. "No further information is available at this time."

Update: 9:02 p.m. EST, June 24

Michael Kay, Aaron Hernandez's lawyer, issued a statement late Monday that pushed back on reports that an arrest warrant had been issued.

Here is the statement, as tweeted out by The Boston Globe's Wesley Lowery:

Update: 1:25 p.m. EST, June 24

Massachusetts State Police have completed their search of a pond near Aaron Hernandez's home and have found no evidence, according to USA Today reporter Kevin Manahan. Police searched a pond and wooded areas surrounding Hernandez's home for roughly an hour before calling off the search.

Two investigators with wet suits and metal detectors surveyed the pond and the dense brush and trees before one investigator, who requested anonymity, said there was no evidence that the pond had been cleared.

Update: 10:50 a.m. EST, June 24

After taking a break on Sunday, Massachusetts State Police are preparing to enter a body of water near Aaron Hernandez's home, according to a report from Kathryn Sotnik of NECN. Police will be entering the water with scuba gear and metal detectors.

The speculation is that police are looking for the gun used to shoot Odin Lloyd, according to Pro Football Talk. Police have also set up a tent and may plan on checking the area for a while, according to reporter Rich Hollenberg.

Update: 8:30 p.m. EST, June 22

State police officers and dogs searched Hernandez's home again on Saturday afternoon for more than three hours. Locksmiths and several officers were involved in searching Hernandez's home, backyard and large doghouse.

Detectives and uniformed officers did not answer reporters' questions about why they had returned to Hernandez's home again.

An attorney for Hernandez said he would not comment on the searches.

Update: 3:50 p.m. EST, June 21

One of Hernandez's endorsements has cut ties with him due to to the ongoing investigation. CtyoSport, a sports nutrition company fired Hernandez as an endorser on Friday.

"In light of the investigation involving Aaron Hernandez, CytoSport is terminating its endorsement contract with Mr. Hernandez, effective immediately," the company said in a statement.

Updated: 12:14 p.m. EST, June 21

Kevin Armstrong of the New York Daily News tweeted that two Massachusetts state police officers knocked on the door of Hernandez's North Attleborough, Mass. mansion. They were allowed to enter and quickly left.

Police searched his home on Tuesday and Wednesday.

https://twitter.com/KevinGArmstrong/status/348109167329947648

Updated: 10:55 a.m. EST, June 21

The Boston Herald reports the Patriots have barred Hernandez from their facilities. Hernandez was allowed in the building on Thursday, but staff were waiting for him and asked him to leave. Patriots spokesman Stacey James would only tell the Herald that he did not know why Hernandez went to Foxboro Stadium Thursday.

“No coaches are here,” said James, declining to comment further.

Updated: 10:30 a.m. EST, June 21

The Boston Globe's Wesley Lowery is quoting a police source who has been briefed on the investigation and said an arrest warrant for Aaron Hernandez has not yet been issued. The source says no arrest warrants have been issued "for anyone."

ABC News updated an earlier report that originally stated an arrest warrant has been issued for Hernandez. The report now states Hernandez remains 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 Odin Lloyd.

McCANN: Wide range of legal implications for Hernandez

https://twitter.com/WesleyLowery/status/348082643616800771

https://twitter.com/WesleyLowery/status/348083572239921152

BEDARD & THAMEL: Teams wary of Hernandez's past

Original Post: 9:27 a.m. EST, June 21

Boston's WBZ-TV and ABC News are reporting that New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is the subject of an arrest warrant for obstruction of justice charges in connection to the possible destruction of evidence in the shooting death of his friend.

From ABC News:

Police sources told ABC News on Thursday that a major investigative tool – the security system at Hernandez's home, which included video – had been intentionally destroyed. His cell phone was handed over to police "in pieces," and appeared to have been smashed.

Police also want to know why a team of house cleaners were hired on Monday to scrub Hernandez's mansion, the sources said.

Evidence is mounting that Hernandez and the victim, Odin Lloyd, 27, a semi-pro football player, had been together at several nightclubs during the course of the weekend, including the night before Lloyd's body was found, several law enforcement sources told ABC News.

The star NFL player has not been ruled out as a suspect in the murder of semi-pro football player Lloyd, 27, who was Hernandez's friend, sources said, but the warrant that has been issued does not include a murder allegation.

Police have interviewed Hernandez after Lloyd's body was found shot in the back of the head approximately a mile from the Patriots star's home in North Attleborough, Mass., on Monday. Police searched his home on Tuesday and Wednesday.

FOX25 reported Thursday that sources confirmed video evidence of Hernandez and two other men wearing hooded sweatshirts walking into Hernandez's home within minutes of neighbors hearing gunshots.

From FOX25:

Neighbors say they heard the gunshots between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Monday morning, but did not report it to police right away. Just about an hour before Hernandez was caught on video walking into his home, Hernandez was seen at Lloyd's home in Dorchester.

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