Aaron Hernandez found not guilty in double murder
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 22:15
The victims were waiting at a stoplight when a vehicle pulled up alongside then on July 16, 2012.
Conley said prosecutors and the families take solace in the fact that Hernandez is serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. - Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez, already serving life sentence for 2013 murder, is acquitted in 2012 double slaying.
While Hernandez dealt with the legal proceedings against him, the Patriots moved quickly to release him from the roster and cut all ties that year.
The jury has deliberated about 32 hours over five days. The jury found Hernandex guilty of only one of the eight charges - unlawful possession of a firearm.
One of the witnesses in the double-murder case was Alexander Bradley, a friend of Aaron Hernandez who was promised immunization in exchange for his testimony. A short time later, He looked at his fiancee and mouthed "I love you", while relatives of de Abreu and Furtado cried loudly.
Hernandez denied the allegations, and the Boston Globe says his defense team effectively hammered away at Bradley's credibility on the witness stand. "And Mr. Hernandez was wrongly accused and that was a tragedy too".
Bradley, who received immunity to testify, said that Hernandez became angry one night out when a man bumped into him at a nightclub and spilled his drink. An admitted drug dealer and ex-confidant of the defendant now serving a five-year sentence for a separate gun-related incident at a Hartford nightclub, Bradley was present the night of the shooting in question and fingered Hernandez as the triggerman.
Conley said prosecutors would not go after Bradley in the killings because they believe they already charged the right person.
But Suffolk County's district attorney Daniel Conley said he was "disappointed" with the result.
We are committed to seeing that justice prevails in every case that we present to the Court for prosecution.