Things went from bad to a lot worse for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Friday morning. After a week of being attached to a murder and being pinned as a possible suspect, police in Massachusetts have issued an arrest warrant for Hernandez after searching his home and finding that he had destroyed what they think was potentially crucial evidence before they could get there.
According to ABC News, police issued the warrant for Hernandez after finding he had intentionally destroyed his home security system before police could search his house after Hernandez was connected to a homicide investigation.
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.
To be perfectly clear, Hernandez has not been charged with murder or anything close to it. Rather, ABC News and other reports state the warrant is for obstruction of justice and not murder. That is extremely important to note given the severity of the case being investigated. However, Mike Garafolo of USA Today says that while the murder charge isn’t on Hernandez’s warrant, police are leaving things open to more charges.
Per @wbznewsradio, Aaron Hernandez to be charged with obstruction of justice, with the chance more changes could be added.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) June 21, 2013
Those extra charges Garafolo is talking about may still not be murder as there are plenty of things police can charge Hernandez with before they conclude he was directly connected to the murder. As it stands now, police can only assume that Hernandez is part of a murder coverup, as his destroyed security system and the fact he had his house scrubbed clean before they could get there is highly suggestive.
This situation is still unfolding and police will not be filing any serious charges against Hernandez unless they are positive they can convict him on evidence they find. So far the only thing Hernandez is guilty of is obstruction of justice and while it’s very suspicious, we must reserve judgement until all the facts are in on this very serious case.