Convicted of first-degree murder for the death of Odin Lloyd in April 2015, former New England Patriots tight end, Aaron Hernandez was back in court to face charges for the double murder of Daniel de Abreu and Safire Furtado. On Friday afternoon, the jury found Hernandez not guilty for the double murder trial after only six days of deliberation.
At this trial, Hernandez’s defense was able to point the finger towards known drug dealer, Alexander Bradley as the shooter. They were able to convince the jury that Bradley shot Abreu and Furtado that night in July 2012 over a drug deal gone wrong. Ronald Sullivan Jr., Hernandez’s defense attorney said that his client was a good man who hung out with the wrong guy. Hernandez and Bradley had been good friends.
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley tried to show that Hernandez shot Bradley in the face months after murders so he couldn’t testify against him. Bradley lost his right eye. Hernandez was convicted of possession of an illegal firearm, but acquitted of witness intimidation.
“At least he’s not walking out the door today,” Conley said one of the victims’ relatives were overheard saying.
Hernandez who was under a five-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots, cut from the team after being arrested for Odin Lloyd’s death. He was convicted to life imprisonment without parole for Lloyd’s murder. Lloyd, a semi-professional football player, was dating Hernandez’s sister.
Written by Rhonda
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