NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) - As the investigation into a body found in North Attleboro continues, we're learning more about the potential involvement of a New England Patriots player.
The Bristol County District Attorney's office Wednesday officially deemed the death of Odin Lloyd, 27, a homicide. A jogger found the semi-pro football player's body Monday near an industrial park on John Dietsch Blvd.
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Since the discovery, police have been investigating the possible connection to Patriots tight end Aaaron Hernandez, who as of Wednesday had hired an attorney and was not speaking to police on the matter.
Police have already searched Hernandez's home, which is about a mile from where Lloyd's body was found, as well as a vehicle with Rhode Island plates that was rented in his name.
Hernandez's lawyer issued a statement saying, "It has been widely reported in the media that the state police have searched the home of our client Aaron Hernandez as part of an ongoing investigation. Out of respect for that process, neither we nor Aaron will have any comment about the substance of that investigation until it has come to a conclusion."
According to WBZ , Lloyd had been dating the sister of the football star's fiancee.
A woman who works near where the body was found said a co-worker heard shots fired that night.
"I think the guy was shot outside," she said. "He wasn't shot in the car, he was shot outside because somebody was on coffee break and they heard the shots outside where the kid was found."
Target 12 Investigator Walt Buteau learned Tuesday that Hernandez is currently being sued by a Connecticut man who said the athlete shot him in the face outside a Miami strip club in July.
Providence police have also confirmed Hernandez was involved in an altercation on Thayer Street last month, though Providence and Brown University police were able to intervene before it got out of control.