New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, 27, was accused of first-degree murder in the 2012 shooting deaths Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
Hernandez, who was convicted two-years ago of the 2013 murder of family acquaintance Odin Lloyd, was found not guilty this time. The jury reached their verdict on Friday after more than 40 hours of deliberation.
Hernandez was suspected in the deaths of the two men after he allegedly had a run-in with them at a Boston nightclub. One of the men reportedly bumped Hernandez, causing the football player to spill his drink. Prosecutors believe Hernandez followed the men when they left the bar, and shot them at a stoplight.
The prosecution’s eyewitness was Alexander Bradley, a former friend of Hernandez, who says he saw Hernandez shoot the men. Hernandez was also accused of shooting Bradley in the face after the 2012 double murder, due to comments Bradley made about the incident. In response, prosecutors added witness intimidation to Hernadez’s charges.
The defense team said it was Bradley who pulled the trigger. They offered doubts about Bradley’s credibility. Bradley has admitted to dealing drugs and he traded his testimony for immunity in the case. Bradley is also serving a five-year prison term for firing a gun at another nightclub in Hartford, CT, in 2014.
Friday’s jury did find Hernandez guilty of unlawfully possessing a firearm.
Despite the acquittal, Hernandez is still at the beginning of a life sentence for the 2013 murder.
H/T: Fox News
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