The U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Massachusetts has charged a man believed to be associated with former New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez and the murder case against him, NBC News has learned.
Oscar Hernandez, 23, or Orlando, Florida, has been charged with obstruction of justice and lying to a federal Grand Jury.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the arrest is related to a gun trafficking investigation as part of the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player who was found dead near Hernandez’s North Attleboro, Mass. in June 2013, NBC News has learned.
Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder and has pleaded not guilty. Authorities said Oscar Hernandez is not related to Aaron Hernandez, according to the Associated Press.
According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Oscar Hernandez was arrested last evening in Florida on federal charges out of Boston for obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying to a federal grand jury.
The affidavit states that this grand jury was investigating the interstate transport or firearms from Florida to Massachusetts.
Oscar Hernandez will appear in U.S. District Court in Orlando today for an initial appearance and detention hearing. He will later be brought to Massachusetts to face charges.
No additional information was immediately available.