New details have emerged recently in the murder of Odin Lloyd. Aaron Hernandez, formerly of the New England Patriots, was arrested and charged with Lloyd’s murder yesterday afternoon.
During Hernandez’s arraignment today in Boston, a text conversation between Lloyd and his sister, Olivia Thibou, was presented:
Lloyd (3:07 AM): “Did you see who I am with?”
Lloyd (3:11 AM): “Hello?”
Thibou (3:19 AM): “My phone was dead. Who?”
Lloyd (3:22 AM): “NFL.”
Lloyd (3:23 AM): “Just so you know.”
A jogger discovered Lloyd’s body at 5:30 PM the following day in an industrial park. He had been shot multiple times, including two shots in the chest while he was on the ground, which were fatal. Thibou testified that she had seen Lloyd leave his home at 2:30 AM with Hernandez and two other men. Surveillance footage from the industrial park shows a Nissan Altima matching the one Hernandez had rented entering the park at 3:23 AM and departing it at 3:27. Workers at a nearby plant reported hearing gunshots around the same time.
Hernandez was arrested yesterday for one count of first degree murder and several firearms related charges. He has pleaded not guilty.
Prior to his arrest he lost a sponsorship deal with CytoSport. Following his arrest he was released by the New England Patriots.
The motive for the murder is unclear, but authorities have recently connected Hernandez to a 2012 double murder. It has been speculated that Lloyd, who was dating Hernandez’s sister’s fiancée, may have had information about that incident.