BOSTON - A man found dead in an industrial park about a mile from New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's home had been killed, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
The state medical examiner identified the man as 27-year-old Odin Lloyd and ruled he was a homicide victim, Bristol District Attorney Samuel Sutter's office said. Lloyd's family said he was a semi-pro football player with a connection to Hernandez, whose home was searched by police.
Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, had said earlier police told her the body was that of her son, who played for the Boston Bandits.
Ward would not say how Lloyd knew Hernandez and did not say if police told her how her son died. An uncle said Lloyd had a connection to Hernandez but wouldn't elaborate.
State police returned for the second day Wednesday to Hernandez's sprawling home in an upscale subdivision in North Attleborough, on the Rhode Island state line not far from the Patriots stadium in Foxborough. They referred questions about their investigation to Sutter.
Hernandez attorney Michael Fee acknowledged media reports about the state police search of Hernandez's home as part of an investigation but said he and the player wouldn't have any comment on it.
• Former New York Giants punter and radio analyst Dave Jennings has died. He was 61.
The Giants announced that Jennings died at his home in Upper Saddle River, N.J., on Wednesday morning. The team was informed of his death by his sister Susan Jennings and several close friends. Jennings had battled Parkinson's disease, a chronic degenerative neurological disorder, since 1996.
• The 49ers signed defensive end Justin Smith to a two-year contract extension Wednesday to keep one of their most important defensive players off the free agent market next offseason.
Smith, 33, has been the anchor to one of the NFL's top defenses the past two seasons, helping the 49ers make it to the NFC championship game following the 2011 season and to the Super Bowl last season.
• The Cowboys have signed both of their third-round draft picks to four-year contracts. Baylor receiver Terrance Williams was the 74th overall pick in April, six spots ahead of Georgia Southern safety J.J. Wilcox. The team announced the signings Wednesday.