NYDailyNews After a five-week trial and six days of deliberation by a 12-person jury, former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found not guilty of a double homicide Friday afternoon in Suffolk County Superior Court. The jury’s forewoman announced the verdict at 3:10 p.m. after the jurors deliberated for 37 hours. He was charged with eight crimes. The jury found him guilty for possession of a weapon. Hernandez, 27, was charged with killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, a pair of immigrants from Cape Verde, in a 2012 Boston drive-by shooting on July 16, 2012. In all, Hernandez was on trial for eight charges. He is already serving a life sentence without the possibility for parole for the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a murder that Hernandez was convicted of carrying out two years ago. Once feted by crowds of 80,000 fans in NFL stadiums, he is identified as prisoner W106228 at Souza Baranowski Correctional Center on Harvard Road in Shirley, Mass. Hernandez wore a gray suit with blue dress shirt and blue tie Friday. His fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, was seated in the gallery when the verdict was read. Hernandez grew emotional, the rims around his eyes reddening as he turned to her. “I love you,” he said. Patrick Haggan, an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, served as the lead prosecutor for the double homicide case. He asserted that a spilled drink in Cure Lounge, a nightclub in Boston, triggered Hernandez’s temper and led to Hernandez seeking out the victims. Haggan called witnesses who testified about five shots that Hernandez fired from a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver into the 2003 BMW that de Abreu and Furtado were riding in after the club incident. Two bullets entered Furtado’s head; one lodged in his brain. Two shots hit de Abreu in the chest. Both men died that morning. Hernandez allegedly told Alexander Bradley, his right-hand man and driver at the time, that he struck his targets. Bradley, a convicted felon who has sold drugs and guns, was the star witness for Haggan. Bradley also testified that Hernandez shot him between the eyes after a night at a strip club in South Florida. Defense attorney Jose Baez was hired by Hernandez last summer. He fingered Bradley as a “three-legged pony” that the prosecution hoped to ride to a conviction. He countered Hernandez played three seasons with the Patriots. He was selected by coach Bill Belichick in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft after falling due to red flags regarding marijuana use while at the University of Florida, where he helped coach Urban Meyer win a national championship. Hernandez caught a touchdown from quarterback Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLVI, and tore through defenses with fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski for the Boston TE Party. The Patriots signed Hernandez to a five-year contract worth up to $40 million on August 27, 2012, two months after the killings in Boston’s Theatre District. Hernandez’s career totals included 175 receptions for 1,956 yards. He last played in an NFL game on January 20, 2013. The Patriots lost to the Ravens, 28-13, in the AFC Championship Game that night. Five months later, Hernandez was arrested and charged with the killing of Lloyd, a Dorchester landscaper from St. Croix who was dating Shaneah Jenkins, the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins. His hands were cuffed and law enforcement led him out of his North Attleborough, Mass. manse. Hernandez was immediately released by the Patriots and has been in jail since June 26, 2013. Hernandez was convicted of that murder on April 15, 2015 after Patriots owner Bob Kraft testified against him. In an interview with CNBC this week, Belichick referred to Hernandez’s fall as a “tragedy”. He also allowed that it was “heartbreaking” when the interviewer suggested the word.
Good for Aaron Hernandez, he was found not guilty of the double murder of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, hooray! Oh wait, he is still serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Odin Lloyd, Hernandez will still die in prison. If you were never going to be a free man again, and were going to spend the rest of your life behind bars without the possibility of ever getting out, would you really care if you got off for another crime? What did Hernandez do, go back to his jail cell and celebrate by himself? I’m slightly less of a monster according to the courts! Awesome!