Aaron Hernandez Acquitted in Double-Murder Trial
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 22:13
Hernandez was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2015, though he has appealed for a new trial in that case.
In the end, it appears to have been enough to keep a jury from finding Hernandez guilty of both murder and witness intimidation.
"For a year we had no idea Aaron Hernandez would be the man ultimately charged with this", Conley said.
Dan Conley, district attorney of Suffolk County, said the not-guilty verdicts showed the difficulty of solving a drive-by shooting.
Hernandez's conviction in Lloyd's killing will automatically be reviewed by the state Supreme Judicial Court.
Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez's fiancee says she's "very happy" about his acquittal on charges he killed two men after they left a Boston nightclub.
Jurors, who began deliberations last Friday, were instructed not to consider Hernandez's prior conviction.
Bradley served as the key witness for the prosecution, and much of the defense's case was based on discrediting him as a career criminal who's simply looking avoid jail time.
The murder for which he is serving a sentence already happened the year after the double-slaying, in 2013, when Odin Lloyd was killed. De Abreu smirked at Hernandez and prosecutors claimed it set off Hernandez to commit the double murder that night.
Prosecutors said the killings were fueled by Hernandez's anger over a spilled drink at a nightclub. Baez mockingly called Bradley's immunity agreement the "deal of the century".
According to his testimony, Bradley talked Hernandez into leaving.
- May 28, 2014: Hernandez pleads not guilty to charges in connection with the deaths of de Abreu and Furtado.
Prosecutors say they put forward a strong case but respect the jury's decision.
Hernandez is now acquitted of the charge of shooting Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston's South End on July 16, 2012. "In our minds, (the evidence) points inescapably to Aaron Hernandez".