Connecticut Police Search Lake in Hernandez Case

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Credit: WFSB (Bristol lake searched for weapon possibly connected to Hernandez)

By George Lerner


(CNN) — A Connecticut State Police dive team was searching a lake in Bristol, Connecticut, Monday for an item linked to the case of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, who is charged with murder in Massachusetts, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Hernandez, though he lives in the Boston area, is a Bristol native. The lake is about a mile from his uncle’s Bristol home, which police have searched several times while investigating last month’s death of Odin Lloyd.

Law enforcement sources declined to say what was being sought in the lake.

Authorities have accused Hernandez — a 23-year-old former New England Patriots player — of orchestrating the shooting death of Lloyd, the 27-year-old boyfriend of Hernandez’s fiancĂ©e’s sister.

The former standout NFL tight end has pleaded not guilty to murder.