Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end who’s been incarcerated since 2013, has just been found not guilty of his double murder charges (for allegedly killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a drive-by shooting on July 16, 2012) after a Boston jury acquitted him today, April 14.
Hernandez, who’s already serving a life term without parole for a third slaying of Odin Lloyd in June 2013, was also acquitted of witness intimidation for shooting friend and witness, Alexander Bradley that same year. He was, however, convicted on possession of a firearm from the 2012 shooting.
In his 2012 drive-by shooting case that began in early March, Hernandez faced several crimes, including two counts of first degree murder, for allegedly killing the two men after they spilled a drink on him in a club earlier that evening. The jurors’ acquittal results came after viewing the surveillance of the former baller entering and exiting the club, Cure, but never seeing the two men spill their drinks on camera.
The case in which he was convicted of first degree murder for killing semi-pro player Odin Lloyd led to the current sentencing of Hernandez to life in prison, following his 2015 trials.
Following today’s decision, the state’s highest court will automatically review each of the murder cases.