New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez charged with murder

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. - New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder Wednesday in the slaying of a semi-pro football player.

Hernandez was been taken from his home in handcuffs Wednesday morning.

Family members say the dead man, 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, was dating a woman whose sister is Hernandez's fiancee. Officials ruled the death a homicide but did not say how Lloyd died.

Lloyd's body was found in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez' house.

A short time after he was taken into custody, the New England Patriots released Hernandez.

State police have searched in and around Hernandez's home in North Attleborough several times. At least three search warrants have been issued in connection with the investigation.

Hernandez attorney Michael Fee hasn't discussed the investigation.