Investigators are now looking into the possibility that Aaron Hernandez's girlfriend may have, at his request, hidden the weapon used to kill a semi-pro football player.
Search warrants for a Bristol, Conn.- storage facility suggest that Hernandez may have told his girlfriend, Shayanna Jenkins, to remove a gun or some form of lock box from the North Attleboro home they share on the day that the body of Odin Lloyd was found, the Bristol Press reported.
According to the warrants, surveillance footage obtained by authorities shows Jenkins toting a stiff object about the size of a lock box or safe out of the couple's home and across the yard, the New York Post reported. She then placed the object into her sister's car and reportedly asked to borrow the vehicle to make a trip to the bank. After around 35 minutes, she returned without the object.
The warrants continue that Jenkins may have disposed off the weapon in the woods in Massachusetts or taken them to a storage in Bristol, Conn., that Hernandez rented.
Investigators searched the storage facility in July, confiscating U.S. Storage records as well as a silver lock. Authorities became aware of the storage unit after looking through Hernandez's financial records.
The Post reported that neither Jenkins nor Hernandez's lawyers responded to a request for a comment.
Hernandez pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in connection to the death of Lloyd. He was cut from the Patriots in June.
On Friday, the spokesman for Sam Sutter -- the Bristol District Attorney whose office is prosecuting the case -- said he was unable to comment on any details of the closed grand jury case.
Treye Green is a reporter for The International Business Times and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Green has shot, edited and...