About Our People Legal Stuff Careers
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez sits in the courtroom during a hearing on defense motions in advance of jury selection beginning later this month at Suffolk Superior Court, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in Boston. Hernandez is scheduled to stand trial for the July 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who he encountered in a Boston nightclub. He already is serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez found not guilty in Boston nightclub shooting


UPDATE April 13, 3:10 p.m. EST:

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found not guilty on Friday of the 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, CNN reported. The jury, however, did find the defendant guilty of possessing a firearm with the proper licensing. 

Hernandez, who is already serving a life sentence without parole for the 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd.

As a result of Friday's verdict, the judge sentenced Hernandez four to five years in state prison, which is separate from his life sentence.

Aaron Hernandez's family will hold a private funeral in Connecticut next week

WATCH | The jury reaches a verdict in the double-murder case of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

ORIGINAL STORY: Testimony and opening statements are underway in the trial involving former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez who faces murder charges for the 2012 killings of two men at a Boston nightclub, the Associated Press reported.

Prosecutor Patrick Haggan told the jury on Wednesday that in the early hours of July 16, 2012, Hernandez fatally shot Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after a brief encounter involving a spilled drink. In the deadly encounter, Haggan said that Hernandez also wounded a third person in the car.

Defense attorney Jose Baez said, however, that the real killer wasn't Hernandez, but the government's star witness, and a former friend of Hernandez--Alexander Bradley. 

He added that prosecutors wanted to convict his client so badly that they made "a deal with the devil," referring to Bradley.  

Former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez found not guilty in Boston nightclub shooting

WATCH | Baez defends his client, Aaron Hernandez

Prosecutors also noted the very different backgrounds of Hernandez, "a star athlete," "a celebrity in the city of Boston," and those of the victims-- working class immigrants from Cape Verde.

"By pure coincidence, those two worlds collided," Haggan said.

Haggan said the former NFL player became angry on the night of July 16 when de Abreu accidentally bumped into him while dancing, spilling Hernandez's drink, and then smiled at him. He noted the video surveillance from outside the club, which shows Bradley trying to calm down Hernandez. Two hours later, Hernandez saw the two men in a car at a stoplight, grabbed a gun, and called out to Abreu and Furtado.

Haggan said Bradley will testify that Hernandez said, "Yo, what's up now?" and added a racial slur before firing five bullets.

Haggan also said that Hernandez trusted Bradley not to tell law enforcement about the crime until seven months later when Bradley accidentally mentioned the Boston shootings. The next day, Hernandez shot Bradley in the head. He survived but lost his right eye. Hernandez is also charged with witness intimidation in Bradley's shooting. 

Former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez found not guilty in Boston nightclub shooting

WATCH | Police testify in court 

Defense attorney Baez, however, told jurors that Bradley is a drug dealer with a violent criminal background who lied to save his own skin, adding that prosecutors didn't thoroughly investigate the star witness and instead fixated on Hernandez.

He said that there is no DNA, no fingerprints or any other forensic evidence linking Hernandez to the killings.

The 27-year-old is already serving a life sentence after being convicted in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée.

Former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez found not guilty in Boston nightclub shooting

WATCH | For more news you need, check out Circa 60.

Read Comments
Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest Linked In List Menu Enlarge Gallery Info Menu Close Angle Down Angle Up Angle Left Angle Right Grid Grid Play Align Left Search Youtube Mail Mail Angle Down Bookmark