Aaron Hernandez found not guilty of murder – AllNewShit
The jurors cleared him of three counts of armed assault with intent to murder; one count of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and one count of witness intimidation.
TIMELINE IN AARON HERNANDEZ’S CASE:
July 16, 2012: Two men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, are shot to death in their car as they wait at a red light in Boston’s South End neighborhood.
Aug. 27, 2012: Hernandez signs a five-year, $40million contract with the New England Patriots.
February 2013: An associate, Alexander Bradley, is shot in the face in Florida. Bradley files a lawsuit alleging that Hernandez shot him after they argued at a strip club.
June 17, 2013: The body of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, is found about a mile from Hernandez’s mansion in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.
June 26, 2013: Hernandez is arrested on a murder charge in Lloyd’s slaying and later pleads not guilty. The Patriots release him hours after his arrest.
May 15, 2014: Hernandez is indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the shootings of de Abreu and Furtado.
May 28, 2014: Hernandez pleads not guilty to charges in connection with the deaths of de Abreu and Furtado.
Jan. 9, 2015: Hernandez goes on trial for murder in Lloyd’s killing.
April 15, 2015: Hernandez is convicted of first-degree murder; carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.
Feb. 14, 2017: Hernandez goes on trial for murder in the 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
April 7, 2017: The jury begins deliberating.
April 14, 2017: Hernandez acquitted of murder in the 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
The judge sentenced him to an additional four to five years in prison, separate from his existing life sentence, for the firearms conviction.
As the verdict was announced just before 3pm, the 27-year-old Hernandez broke down in tears, covered his face with his heavily tattooed hands and continued weeping quietly.
A few moments later, he looked back at his fiancee and nodded somberly as relatives of the victims sobbed loudly.
Prosecutors said Hernandez opened fire on the victims’ car on July 16, 2012, because he felt disrespected when one of the men bumped into him and spilled his drink at a nightclub in Boston’s South End neighborhood.
The defense team pointed the finger at Alexander Bradley, a close friend of Hernandez who was with him the night of the shootings.
Hernandez was also acquitted Friday of shooting Bradley in the face months later to try to silence him as a witness.
Hernandez, 27, is already serving a life sentence for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez.
Bradley claimed Hernandez became enraged after de Abreu bumped into him while dancing, spilling his drink. He said Hernandez later opened fire on the men’s car as they waited at a stoplight.
Bradley also said Hernandez shot him in the face months later after he made a remark about the earlier shootings. Bradley lost his right eye in the shooting.
Hernandez’s lawyers said it was Bradley – an admitted drug dealer – who shot the men over a drug deal. The defense hammered at Bradley’s credibility, citing his immunity deal with prosecutors to testify against Hernandez, his role as the driver of the car the night of the shootings and his criminal record.
Bradley is serving a five-year prison term in Connecticut for firing shots at a Hartford nightclub in 2014