While Aaron Hernandez, the 24-year-old former tight end for the New England Patriots, was still in prison for the June 2013 murder of his former friend Odin Lloyd, a new witness came forward last October claiming that Hernandez was the shooter in a totally different case – a double homicide shooting in Boston in 2012. A May 15 report from The Los Angeles Times states that Hernandez has now been indicted by a grand jury for those two murders.
According to police reports, the two victims, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were sitting in a car in Boston’s South End when someone in an SUV pulled alongside them and started shooting. Newly released and unsealed court documents allege that “Hernandez played a major role in the double slaying,” and go on to suggest that the former tight end was the one doing the shooting.
That SUV spotted on the scene by witnesses in the area during the shooting led to a warrant for a search of Hernandez’s Toyota 4Runner. The warrant gave police the opportunity to search the 4Runner for possible gun residue.
… investigators say Hernandez and another man, later identified as Alexander Bradley, followed Abreu and Furtado into a Boston club called Cure Lounge. Court papers say Hernandez and Bradley can be seen on security cameras following Abreu and Furtado out of the club, and that witnesses said multiple shots were fired from the SUV into a BMW containing Abreu and Furtado before the SUV sped away.
Wrongful death lawsuits were filed against Hernandez in February by the families of de Abreu and Furtado. Both suits are seeking damages totaling $6 million.
In this new indictment, Hernandez was charged today with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Abreu and Furtado, according to CNN. Hernandez was also charged with three counts of armed assault with attempt to murder.
"There is ... probable cause to believe that Aaron Hernandez was operating the suspect vehicle used in the shooting homicides ... and may have been the shooter," reads a June 2013 warrant that was part of the unsealed batch of records.
Hernandez was released by the New England Patriots last June following his arrest for murdering Lloyd. For more on his new and different murder charges, see the video accompanying this article.