Authorities plan to arrest New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez for allegedly interfering with a murder investigation, a law enforcement official familiar with the case said on Friday.
An arrest warrant for obstruction of justice has been issued for Hernandez, 23, a star tight end in the National Football League, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Hernandez is at the center of an investigation into the shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player for the Boston Bandits.
Lloyd's body was discovered on Monday in an industrial park in the town of Attleborough, Massachusetts, about 40 miles (64 km) south of Boston and less than a mile from Hernandez's home in North Attleborough.
Police have searched Hernandez's house and questioned him.
Michael Fee, an attorney for Hernandez, was not immediately available for comment. The Bristol County District Attorney's office did not return messages seeking comment.
Hernandez has been a key part of a potent Patriots offense led by quarterback Tom Brady.