Boston law enforcement spent over three hours searching the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and they left no stone -- or doll house -- unturned. The Boston Globe reports more than a dozen police officers started searching Hernandez's house (with a warrant!) around 1:45 p.m. on Saturday with the help of two police dogs. CBS Boston adds that State Police Crime Lab units were seen going in the house at different points. What they're looking for is unclear but it's not surprising that they ended up doing a thorough search of Hernandez's home after reports said he trashed his security system and cell phone and had his house cleaned this week. Police were seen taking bags full of evidence out of the house all afternoon.
Things aren't looking good for the Patriot player. He was questioned almost immediately after Odin Lloyd was shot in Boston on early Monday morning. Lloyd — reportedly dating the sister of the Hernandez's girlfriend — was found in an industrial park a mile away from Hernandez's house and video evidence proved the two were together a few hours before he was killed.
A lot of police and media attention focused on a mammoth doll house in the back yard of Hernandez's sprawling North Attleborough home:
If we can't figure out if its a dog house or doll house being taken from Aaron Hernandez's home, this is a trickier guy than anyone expected— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) June 22, 2013
Aaron Hernandez dog house is literally bigger than my own house: pic.twitter.com/ymSQme9RJm— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) June 22, 2013
Things apparently got hairy inside the house at one point. Police were trying to open... something that a crowbar couldn't handle. They had to call in an expert:
Detective comes out for two-prong pry bar. Heads back in. Another came out to get flashlight.— Kevin Armstrong (@KevinGArmstrong) June 22, 2013
Crow bar must not have worked. Local locksmith now being directed by cops outside house.— Kevin Armstrong (@KevinGArmstrong) June 22, 2013
But Hernandez was not taken away with police when things wrapped up around 5:30 p.m. He was left behind at the house with his lawyer, Michael Lee, who showed up halfway through the search.
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