Ex-NFL star Hernandez charged in 2012 Boston double-murder

Thu May 15, 2014 1:20pm EDT
 
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By Richard Valdmanis

BOSTON (Reuters) - Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez has been charged with murder in connection with the July 2012 shooting of two men in Boston, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said on Thursday.

The former tight end for the New England Patriots is already in jail awaiting trial on charges he and two accomplices shot a man to death last June. The Patriots released Hernandez from the team hours after his arrest in that case.

Conley said of the new charges that Hernandez used a handgun to "ambush and execute" Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, two Cape Verdean nationals, after they had left a Boston nightclub and were driving home on July 16, 2012.

"Unbeknownst to them, Hernandez followed them traveling in an SUV. When the victims' car stopped at a red light ... the SUV pulled up beside the victims' car on the right. Aaron Hernandez then fired a .38-caliber revolver multiple times from the driver's side of his vehicle into the passenger side of the victims' vehicle," Conley said.

He said Abreu died from a bullet wound to the chest and Furtado died from one to the head. Three other people in the car with them survived, he said.

Conley said that investigators had found no evidence that Hernandez knew Furtado or Abreu before they met at the nightclub. He also dismissed earlier media reports the victims were involved in gang activity.

"Neither of them were involved in guns, gangs or crime of any kind," Conley said.

Hernandez's arraignment on the charges, which also include assault and firearms violations, has not yet been scheduled. His attorney was not immediately available to comment.   Continued...

 
Aaron Hernandez (R) chats with his lawyer Charles Rankin as he appears for a pre-trial hearing at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts February 7, 2014.  REUTERS/Jonathan Wiggs/Boston Globe/Pool