Stephanie Henkel, Global Animal
Yesterday, Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was allegedly dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée. Lloyd’s body was found with multiple gunshot wounds in an industrial park not far from Hernandez’s home.
Less than two hours after Hernandez’s arrest, the New England Patriots released the tight end from the team, saying it was “the right thing to do.” Hernandez was also charged with five gun-related offenses in addition to murder. He is currently being held without bail and may be facing life without parole.
The murder took place on June 17, and the former Patriot’s house has been searched several times since the incident. On Saturday, June 22, nearly a dozen law enforcement officers and a K-9 unit searched Hernandez’s North Attleboro, Mass. home for more than three hours. The police worked tirelessly to leave no stone unturned and even searched a unique structure in the backyard that was apparently a very large dog house.
The mini-manor may have previously been a playhouse, since the home’s previous owner, former Patriot’s defensive lineman Ty Warren, had four young daughters when he lived at the residence.
The lavish converted dog house has two stories, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a powder room on the lower level, and a garage. The backyard building is so large that a full-grown man only reaches the second-story window (see image below).
Today, Hernandez was denied bail at his appeal hearing and will remain at the Bristol County House of Corrections until he goes to trial. Hopefully, his dogs will continue to reside at the backyard estate as they wait to learn the fate of their guardian.