Hernandez jury to begin deliberations on Friday
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 15:00
After that, he got indicted for a double murder charge for a 2012 incident where Hernandez was suspected of shooting two men named Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu at a traffic stop over, of all things, a spilled drink at a club.
Hernandez is already serving a life sentence for the 2013 death of another man, Odin Lloyd.
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is seated.
Closing arguments are slated for Thursday in the double murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez.
Though there is no footage of the actual shooting, or the clumsiness that supposedly sparked it, Haggan reminded the jury of evidence from the five-week trial that police recovered the vehicle and the murder weapon after Hernandez had a family member hide them.
Hernandez's lawyer, Jose Baez, claimed that Bradley was the real killer, one who got the "deal of a lifetime" to turn on his client.
Then came Monday's first defense witness, Antone Salvador, who may have just ripped apart the prosecution's entire motive.
"You know who the killer is: the same perpetrator who unleashed the same type of violence on the only man who could tell his vicious, terrible secret - his former best friend, Alexander Bradley", lead prosecutor Patrick Haggan said of Hernandez on Thursday. Bradley, who lost an eye in that shooting, initially denied knowing who had shot him but later identified Hernandez as the alleged shooter in a civil lawsuit seeking monetary damages. He repeatedly emphasized that Bradley had been given immunity to testify and said that Bradley, not Hernandez, may have been the gunman. He said Hernandez became enraged because he saw it as a sign of disrespect.
"There's no spilled drink on him", he said, displaying a picture that Hernandez took with a fan at the club before the murders. He said Alexander Bradley of East Hartford, Conn. - a former friend of Hernandez's - shot the men over a drug deal. Salvador said he did not see anyone bump into Hernandez.
A friend who was with Hernandez testified that Hernandez opened fire on the men's auto two hours after de Abreu bumped into Hernandez at the club and spilled his drink.
Hernandez's phone shows that he and Bradley exchanged hundreds of text messages about the 2012 drive-by in the months after Bradley was shot.
Hernandez already is serving life in prison for the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.