Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with the murder of 27-year old Odin Lloyd on Wednesday, more than a week after the victim's body was discovered in a clearing near Hernandez's home in North Attleboro, Ma.
Details of the case continued to emerge following his arrest. Police are investigating his role in double homicide that occurred in July 2012. Lloyd's knowledge of that incident may have been the motive in his murder, according to investigators.
The former Patriots tight end is now in jail awaiting his next court appearance. He was denied bail at his arraignment and again upon appeal. He is scheduled to appear in court again on July 24 for a probable cause hearing. However, prosecutors could seek a formal indictment at a grand jury hearing prior to that date.
Here is a timeline of the developments in the case so far.
June 18, 2013
Reports surface that Hernandez was being questioned by the police as they investigate a possible homicide. Early sources report that the tight end is not considered a suspect.
Police execute a search warrant on Henandez's house, before taking two men from the North Attleboro home. The victim is identified as an 'associate' of the Patriots' player.
June 19, 2013
Police return to Hernandez's home, however they do not enter the house. Instead executing a second search warrant, this time focused on an Enterprise rental car in his name.
A report from TMZ emerges in the afternoon, citing Hernandez in a February civil suit from Florida. The plaintiff alleges Hernandez shot him in the face following an argument.
Outlets re-visited Hernandez's scouting report from 2010, which indicated off-field issues which could have resulted in his 4th round selection.
The victim Odin Lloyd is identified as having ties to Hernandez. Reports out of Boston further assert that the Patriots' TE was the driver of a vehicle containing Lloyd, prior to his death.
June 20, 2013
The civil suit from Florida is re-filed in local courts, still alleging Hernandez shot Alexander S. Bradley in the face.
Investigators obtain another warrant to search Hernandez's house, and law enforcement sources cite that the house's security system, including video surveillance had been destroyed. In addition, Hernandez's lawyers turned over the player's cell phone, which was also broken.
First reports emerge that a warrant had been issued for Hernandez's arrest, but indicate they are for obstruction of justice charges relating to the destruction of property.
Hernandez is reportedly told to stay away from Gillette Stadium, according to sources inside the Patriots organization.
June 21, 2013
A conflicting report indicates that no warrant has been issued for Hernandez's arrest.
The investigation continues, and three new search warrants are issued for the house.
June 22, 2013
A new report emerges that a warrant has been issued for Hernandez's arrest.
State Police return to the player's home with a K-9 unit and continue their search.
It's reported that ten bags of evidence, and possibly a box are removed as a result of the search.
June 24, 2013
Police search a pond near to Hernandez's house as part of their investigation.
It's revealed that no evidence was found by searching the lake.
Hernandez's lawyer claims the media are producing false reports about his client.
June 25, 2013
Mark Reiss of ESPN Boston postulates the Patriots could release Hernandez regardless of the legal results.
June 26, 2013
Aaron Hernandez is taken into custody by State Police, there is no indication of the charges -- which are expected later in the day.
The New England Patriots announce they have released Hernandez.
The NFL issues a statement regarding the arrest, calling it 'deeply troubling'.
Hernandez is charged with the first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd, and five firearm charges. He pleads not guilty to all charges.
June 27, 2013
A new report emerges that Hernandez is being investigated for his involvement in a double-murder which took place in 2012.
Police reportedly have a motive for Odin Lloyd's murder, which is believed to be the victim's knowledge of Hernandez's involvement in the 2012 murders.
Hernandez is denied bail in an afternoon hearing, and will remain in prison.
The NFL issues a second statement, indicating that any team interested in signing Hernandez will need to hold a hearing with Roger Goodell to determine discipline by the league and have the contract formally approved.
Boston Police find a rental car linked to Hernandez, and the 2012 double murder.