Lawyers to Present Closing Arguments in Aaron Hernandez Double Murder Trial
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 2:30
Jurors are set to deliberate on Friday - and longer if needed - as Hernandez is charged with first-degree murder in the July 2012 deaths of two men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
Hernandez, 27, is charged with witness intimidation for that alleged shooting. Actually, it's been nearly exactly four years since police put Hernandez under arrest after he was suspected of killing Odin Lloyd just a half-mile from Aaron's house, and since then, he's been convicted of first-degree murder for killing Lloyd execution-style and got Massachusetts' mandatory life without parole sentence. He then added, it was proof of "reasonable doubt ladies and gentlemen ... reasonable doubt lives here ... throughout this entire case".
Both sides gave their closing arguments Thursday, beginning with defense attorney Jose Baez.
"We're not asking you to speculate", Haggan told the jury.
The double-murder trial of Aaron Hernandez is off to the jury. Prosecutors say Hernandez shot at the men because De Abreu of them had bumped into him at the club, spilling his drink.
To undermine the claim that Hernandez had a drink spilled on him, Baez clung to a photo of Hernandez posing with a fan at Cure, as well as testimony from the man in the picture and another frequent patron of the bar. Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were gunned down on July 16, 2012, as they waited in a vehicle at a stop light. Bradley was the government's star witness. Bradley, who testified under a grant of immunity from prosecutors, is now serving a five-year prison term for shooting up a Hartford bar in 2014.
"He doesn't look like a female in any stretch of the imagination", Baez said. After the photo, the two saw each other outside the club and Salvador thanked Hernandez for the photo.
Bradley contends that Hernandez shot him in the face while the two were on a 2013 trip to Florida after Bradley mentioned the Boston shooting.
Relatives of de Abreu and Furtado filled the first two rows of the courtroom during closing arguments.
Hernandez already is serving life in prison for the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. He was cut from the team shortly after he was arrested in Lloyd's killing in June 2013.