Aaron Hernandez found not guilty in double murder case
Aaron Hernandez found not guilty in double murder case
15 Abril, 2017, 22:09
The other charges against Hernandez included armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a unsafe weapon. The Boston Globe reported that when asked about the laws concerning immunized witnesses, Judge Locke said that they could not convict Aaron Hernandez of the double-murder based exclusively on the testimony of an immunized witness.
A visibly emotional Hernandez teared up and embraced his attorneys as the verdict was read. However, the Boston Herald reports that the guilty verdict in the Lloyd murder is under appeal and this verdict leaves open the chance he could get out of his life sentence if that works out for him.
The former Patriots tight end was emotional upon learning of the verdict, as can be seen in the clip below.
After six days of deliberations, the jury found Hernandez not guilty of first-degree murder in the killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
Conley said one of the victims' relatives said, "At least he's not walking out the door today".
"If those appeals are exhausted, he will spend the rest of his natural life behind bars, so that does give the families - and, frankly, our office - some consolation", he said.
However, the jury did find Aaron Hernandez guilty of one charge of unlawful possession of a gun. He said Hernandez later opened fire on the men's auto as they waited at a stoplight. Later that night, Hernandez ordered Bradley to drive up next to that man's packed vehicle at a stop light. "What's up now, n*****?"
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Alexander Bradley is serving a five-year sentence at this time for firing shots in a Harford nightclub back in 2014.
"These were two hardworking, humble, Cape Verdean immigrants".
In closing statements, prosecutors presented Hernandez as a cold-blooded killer who committed an act of "senseless violence" by firing into a packed auto.
"Our theory of the case stands", Conley said.
He also represented a lead detective in the George Zimmerman shooting case, Chris Serino.
Mr Hernandez was a tight end for the Patriots from 2010 to 2012 and just weeks after the double murder of Mr Abreu and Mr Furtado, he signed a $40 million contract with the team.
Bradley and Hernandez remained close friends until a violent falling out months later at a party in Florida.
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Hernandez did not testify in his own defense in either trial. Hernandez was acquitted of witness intimidation in that shooting.
Bradley's credibility - or lack thereof - played a major role in the trial.
While jurors were deliberating on Thursday, courtroom discussion focused on the absence of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick when he was subpoenaed by defense attorneys but did not respond to the request.
Hernandez's lawyers mocked the immunity agreement as the "deal of the century". He is now imprisoned for shooting up a club in Hartford, Connecticut, in an unrelated incident. We thought we had enough evidence even without (Bradley's) testimony.
Conley said Friday that prosecutors would not go after Bradley in the killings because they believe they already charged the right person.
"The evidence in this case all points to Aaron Hernandez as the sole person responsible for the tragic and untimely deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado". "That is evidence", Patrick Haggan told the court about a depiction of a handgun beside five bullets - the same number fired in 2012. "That is a confession".
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