Aaron Hernandez Not in Clear, Sources Tell ABC News

Source: Michele McPhee  / ABC News

Investigators probing the execution-style murder of a semi-pro football player have not ruled out New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez as a suspect, several law enforcement sources told ABC News.

Hernandez has been at the center of the investigation since the body of his friend Odin Lloyd, 27, was found shot in the back of the head in a scrubby clearing of an industrial park roughly a mile from the Patriots star’s million-dollar mansion in North Attleborough Monday afternoon.

Police believe Lloyd was killed between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Monday, but his well dressed body was not found until 5:30 p.m. by a teenage jogger, several law enforcement sources told ABC News on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the case.

“He [Hernandez] has not been ruled out. We are not calling him a suspect, but he is definitely not in the clear,” said one police official close to the investigation.

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