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

Cheryl Sanders
April 16, 2017

Jurors deliberated about 37 hours over six days before reaching their verdicts on Friday. Hernandez would only be found guilty of an illegal firearm charge from the time the double murders took place.

He was sentenced to serve four to five years in prison for that conviction on top of the separate life sentence for being found guilty almost two years ago of murdering Lloyd.

All the security footage showed was Hernandez entering and exiting the club that night.

Hernandez was convicted of a gun possession charge.


Bradley testified against Hernandez in the case and was given immunity.

But Baez says there is a way Aaron can come up with the money. Mr Bradley said Mr Abreu was the one who spilled the drink and it angered Mr Hernandez. Members of that jury found that Hernandez used "extreme atrocity or cruelty" in the killing. According to the prosecution, Hernandez became infuriated after one of the victims bumped into him at a Boston nightclub, spilling a drink in the process.

Hernandez was accused of murdering Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

Two immigrants from Cape Verde, Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu, were killed. The jury stated that there were over 70 witnesses and 380 exhibits presented in the case and they based the not guilty verdict on the evidence presented and the law.


One month after the deaths, Hernandez signed a $40m (£32m) extension contract with the Patriots. Police found Lloyd's slain body in an industrial park near Hernandez's MA home.

Hernandez, now 27, was a rising star in the National Football League when he was arrested in 2013 and charged with murdering acquaintance Odin Lloyd.

Prosecutors introduced evidence at trial that Hernandez got a tattoo that memorialized the double saying. Bradley also testified that he was the driver of the vehicle in which Hernandez allegedly killed de Abreu and Furtado and was getting immunity.


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