Ex-NFL player Hernandez, serving life, acquitted in 2 slayings

The suspect was found guilty only of weapon possession, which is expected to add four to five years to his current life sentence.

The not-guilty verdict came after the jury spent more than 35 hours over six days of deliberation, as reported by TMZ Sports.

"These were two hardworking, humble, Cape Verdean immigrants", Conley said.

Prosecutors introduced evidence at trial that Hernandez got a tattoo that memorialized the double saying. Bradley lost his right eye in the shooting.

Hernandez wept quietly in court after the jury announcement. They also weren't allowed to hear testimony from Bradley alleging that Hernandez shot him in the face. According to Alexander Bradley, who was with Hernandez on the night of the shooting, the former National Football League athlete became angry when a man bumped into him at a nightclub and made him spill his drink.

According to his testimony, Bradley talked Hernandez into leaving.

Hernandez's appeal, which will take place at a later date, will try to combat his first-degree murder conviction for the June 2013 killing of Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Prosecutors weren't allowed to mention his prior conviction.

In a press conference Friday, Hernandez's lawyers buried Bradley, imploring journalists to "investigate" a nightclub shooting in Hartford, Conn., a crime for which Bradley is already imprisoned.

Aaron Hernandez stands at the defense table Thursday.

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.

Upon doing so, Hernandez reached over Bradley and fired five shots into the man's vehicle, killing Furtado and de Abreu.

Hernandez grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, and played for the Patriots from 2010 to 2012. Hernandez is now serving life without parole for murdering an acquaintance in 2013.

Prosecutors in ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez's double murder trial say relatives of the two men who were killed are "devastated" by his acquittal on murder and other charges.

  • Julie Sanders