Key Witness in Aaron Hernandez Trial Could Take Stand This Week

Cheryl Sanders
March 20, 2017

The prosecution's star witness in the Aaron Hernandez double murder trial took the stand to testify that the former New England Patriots star fired the shots that killed two men, he also told the court Hernandez shot him in the face because of what he had seen.

Daniel de Abreu (left) and Safiro Furtado.

Authorities said Hernandez fired five shots from a revolver into a vehicle outside a Boston nightclub club, killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

Seven months after the double murder, Bradley was shot in the face in Florida.

In opening statements earlier this month, prosecutors positioned Bradley as the star witness, the "loose end" that reignited what had been a cold case.

Prosecutors say the tattoos are a confession by Hernandez that he killed two men after an altercation in a Boston nightclub in 2012.

"I remember him saying, 'Don't tell anybody, '" Bradley said. "He didn't really like people staring at him". "He had a problem with most things other people didn't have a problem with".

Alexander Bradley was seen with Aaron Hernandez the night of the murders in July 2012.

"Mr. Hernandez got mad".

Bradley has been in a CT jail and was brought to MA on Friday.

Bradley testified that they spotted the victims in the BMW after Hernandez said something like "there they go." and so Bradley gave pursuit in the SUV.

Inside the club, Bradley cited the alleged drink-spilling incident between Abreu and Hernandez.

"I got one in the head, one in the chest", Hernandez said, according to Bradley. From the passenger seat Hernandez leaned across Bradley, stuck his arm with the gun out the window and yelled "Yo!" to the BMW, according to Bradley. He said he drove as Hernandez told him to catch up to the BMW in which Abreu and Furtado were sitting. At a bar, Hernandez pointed to some men who he said looked like police officers, Bradley testified. Hernandez told him to roll down the window, shouted at the men, and fired five shots. After he encouraged Hernandez to leave, Bradley says the two walked around the Theater District, "walking and smoking [marijuana] and talking". But Bradley, who lost his right eye in the shooting, survived and vowed revenge. Afterwards, Bradley said the ex-NFL star threw the gun out the auto window. Bradley said this was not the first time Hernandez has acted out at a nightclub and he had concerns about Hernandez's temper.

Bradley said Hernandez's cousin, Tanya Singleton, came to the house-and claimed Hernandez told her to take care of the vehicle. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the slayings. He had a "no iPhone rule" among his circle of friends, thought helicopters were following him and feared law enforcement was on to him, Bradley said.

He even claimed Hernandez told him he had nightmares about the murders.

Hernandez and Bradley's friendly relationship fell apart during a trip to South Florida in February 2013 to attend a Super Bowl party.

Hernandez is already serving life for a 2013 murder.

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