Former New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez Indicted on Two Counts of First Degree Murder in 2012 Drive-By Killing of Two Men in Boston, MA

MORE TROUBLE FOR FORMER NFL STAR AARON HERNANDEZ …

Former New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez was indicted Thursday on two counts of first degree murder for the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston, Massachusetts. Hernandez was also indicted on three counts of armed assault with intent to murder and an additional count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Hernandez is alleged to be the shooter in the  July 16, 2012 drive-by murder of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Aaron Hernandez is currently residing in the crowbar hotel  awaiting his trial for first-degree murder charges  in the shooting death of  Odin Lloyd, whose body was discovered June 2013 in an industrial park near Hernandez’s mansion. Following the death of Lloyd and Hernandez’s involvement, he then became under suspicion of for involvement in the unsolved 2012 double murder.

From NFL star to now potential triple murderer … UNREAL.

VIDEO – CNN

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has been indicted in the July 2012 killings of two Boston men, allegations that come a year after what had been a cold case investigation into the late-night drive-by shooting was revived — seemingly by chance — as investigators zeroed in on the former New England Patriot’s alleged involvement in another killing.

A grand jury indicted Hernandez on two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of armed assault with intent to murder and an additional count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Now, prosecutors say the former NFL tight end was the shooter in the July 16, 2012, slayings of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who were killed in a drive-by shooting after leaving a popular Boston nightclub.

“Mr. Abreu and Mr. Furtado were ambushed and executed as they drove home,” said Daniel Conley, the Suffolk County district attorney. The Boston Globe first reported the indictment Thursday.

DA: Ex-Patriot Aaron Hernandez ‘stalked and ambushed’ 2 murder victims.

The men, along with three others, were in a BMW at Herald and Shawmut streets when prosecutors say an SUV pulled up beside them and Hernandez opened fire with a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber pistol from the driver’s side. Surveillance video captured Hernandez’s SUV circling the block near the Cure Lounge on Tremont Street and passing the victims “at a slow rate of speed” before they got into their own car, according to court documents released earlier this year.

“Our investigation has not uncovered any evidence that these two groups were known to each other, but their chance encounter inside the club triggered a series of events that ended in the murders,” Conley told reporters at a news conference this morning. “For us, this case was never about Aaron Hernandez. This case was about two victims who were stalked, ambushed, and senselessly murdered on the streets of the city they called home … On the morning Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were killed, they were described in media reports as being tied to a Cape Verdean gang based in Dorchester. Nothing could be further from the truth. Neither of them were involved in gangs, guns, or violent crime, and that characterization was unfair to their memory and their families. We have nothing but sympathy for them and their ordeals.”

Ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez Indicted on First Degree Murder and Weapons Charges in Death of 27 Year Old Odin Lloyd (VIDEO)

Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was indicted today for the first degree murder of Odin Lloyd and weapons charges in a North Attleboro court house. Hernandez is expected to be arraigned on the charges in the coming weeks. Following today’s hearing, Hernandez defense attorney Michael Fee said that “there has been an incredible rush to judgment in this case” and said that he questioned whether prosecutors had enough evidence to prove that Hernandez shot and killed Odin Lloyd.

Afterward, Michael Fee, one of his attorneys, asserted that “there has been an incredible rush to judgment in this case” and said that he questioned whether prosecutors had enough evidence to prove that Hernandez shot and killed Lloyd, 27.

“On the evidence that we’re aware of today, we don’t believe it’s possible for the commonwealth to meet its burden,” Fee said outside the squad red brick courthouse.

From the AP:

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted Thursday on first-degree murder and weapons charges in the death of a friend whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park about a mile from the ex-player’s home.

The six-count grand jury indictment charges Hernandez with killing 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend.

Hernandez, 23, pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in June, and he is being held without bail.

He had a brief court appearance in Attleboro on Thursday afternoon. Afterward, his attorney Michael Fee said the defense was pleased to be on a path to a jury trial and was looking forward to testing the prosecution’s evidence.

If this indictment is not bad enough, Hernandez is also the subject of two other ongoing investigations, one into a double murder in Boston in 2012 and one in Florida in which a man has alleged that he was shot by the former player in February.

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Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez Denied Bail Agian and Now Under Suspicion for Involvement in Unsolved 2012 Double Murder in Boston

You can take the the boy out of the hood, but can you take the hood out of the boy?

Bail denied again. Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Bill McCauley denied Aaron Hernandez’s request for bail Thursday, one day after the former New England Patriots tight end was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a friend Odin L. Lloyd.  Hernandez’s defense attorney James Sultan argued that his client is not a risk to flee as he had a fiance and child and that the case against him is circumstantial. However, the judge said that the evidence against Hernandez  is “overwhelming” and bail was denied.

But it gets worse, if possible.

Could it get any worse for one time star New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez? The fallen NFL football star has already been charged with the first degree murder of  27-year-old Odin L. Lloyd. According to the Boston Herald, now police are looking into whetherHernandez was involved in an unsolved July 2012 drive-by killings of Safiro Furtado and Danny Abreu, both of Dorchester, MA.

Boston police said they are also probing a possible link to Hernandez in the unsolved July 2012 drive-by killings of Safiro Furtado and Danny Abreu, both of Dorchester. The two pals were leaving a Theatre District nightclub July 15, 2012, when they were ambushed and sprayed with gunfire from a gray or silver SUV with Rhode Island plates at the intersection of Shawmut Avenue and Herald Street.

Boston police were back at Hernandez’s North Attleboro home last night executing a new search linked to the double murder.

More from the Boston Globe on Hernandez’s possible involvement in a double murder.

The new revelations raised the disturbing prospect that Hernandez might have been playing football games last season with the Patriots after he had participated in a double murder.

Investigators believe a fight broke out at Cure, a club in the Theater District, between two men and a group that included Hernandez. Abreu and Furtado, friends who had grown up in Cape Verde, left the club with three other men in a BMW sedan in the early morning hours of July 16, 2012.

Abreu, who was driving, stopped at a traffic light on Shawmut Avenue, about to make a left onto Herald Street, when a silver or gray SUV with Rhode Island license plates pulled alongside the sedan. Someone from the SUV opened fire, killing Abreu, 29, and Furtado, 28.

The men who were with them survived the attack and the killings were left unsolved.

Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez Charged with First Degree Murder of 27 Year Old Odin Lloyd

Former New England Patriot TE Aaron Hernandez was arraigned this afternoon in Attenborough District court and was charged with the first degree murder of 27 year old Odin Lloyd. First degree murder, not second? Wow, the prosecutors must believe they can prove that  Odin Lloyd’s killing was planned and deliberate. Hernandez was charged with one count of first degree murder and also faces one charge of firearm possession without a license and two charges each of possession of a large capacity firearm and firearm possession without an ID card. Aaron Hernandez is being held without bail. From a brand new $40 million five year contract with the New England Patriots, to arrested, cut by the Patriots, and charged with murder … what a complete waste.

Watch today’s arraignment.

 

Aaron Hernandez has been charged with murdering his friend after the two had a dispute during a trip to a nightclub.

Hernandez was arrested Wednesday and charged with the first-degree murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semipro football player whose body was found in an industrial park about a mile from the former New England Patriots tight end’s home.

More from USA Today and the first degree murder charges.

The criminal complaint against Hernandez, 23, states that “On 6/17/13, [he] did assault and beat Odin Lloyd with intent to murder such person, and by such assault and beating, did kill and murder such person.”

Bristol County first assistant attorney William McCauley presented his initial findings to Judge Daniel J. O’Shea, saying that Hernandez “orchestrated the execution” of Lloyd. At no point did McCauley claim that it was Hernandez himself who pulled the trigger.

Hernandez’s attorney Michael Fee called the prosecution’s argument “a circumstantial case, not a strong case.”

The charged atmosphere in the standing room only courtroom grew when McCauley began describing the alleged timeline of events in the early hours of June 17. McCauley described how Hernandez’s movements were pieced together with cell phone tower tracking, text messages and surveillance cameras.

Prosecutors allege that Hernandez picked up Lloyd around 2:30 a.m. on June 17th and that they drove through Boston before heading back to North Attleborough. McCauley claimed that Hernandez was unhappy that Lloyd had spoken with people that he didn’t like at Boston nightclub several nights earlier. The prosecutor alleges that several people heard multiple gun shots near an industrial park close to Hernandez’s home around 3:23 a.m. and says that home surveillance cameras captured Hernandez carrying a semiautomatic firearm as he and two other men returned to his home at 3:30 a.m.

Breaking News North Attleborough, MA: New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez Taken into Custody Away from His home in Handcuffs by State Police (Update: Patriots Cut Hernandez and Release Him from Team)

Breaking news out of North Attleboro, Massachusetts  in the murder investigation of Odin L. Lloyd that has implicated New England Patriot’s TE Aaron Hernandez  … ARREST FINALLY MADE.

According to the Boston Globe, Aaron Hernandez has been taken into custody from his home this morning by Massachusetts State Police in Hand cuffs. It is not yet known what Hernandez has been charged with, obstruction of justice or possibly murder? Aaron Hernandez has been at the forefront of the murder investigation into the death of 27 year old  Odin L. Lloyd. The body of Lloyd, a semipro football player, was found on June 17 in an industrial park by a nighttime jogger, about a half-mile from Hernandez’s home. As previously reported, Aaron Hernandez’s home security system, cell phone destroyed and house was scrubbed.

 

CNN VIDEO - Patriots’ Hernandez arrested amid investigation of man’s death

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was led out of his house this morning in handcuffs facing undisclosed charges.

Hernandez has been under investigation in connection with the murder of his acquaintance, Odin L. Lloyd, 27, whose body was found June 17 at an industrial park near Hernandez’s home.

It was not immediately known what charges Hernandez is facing.

LIVE VIDEO FEED from WCVB

More at CBS-Boston.

UPDATE I: 8:46am Aaron Hernandez was walked out of his house in handcuffs, placed in the back of a police car and taken away.

UPDATE II: From ESPN:

Interestingly enough, that Hernandez did not volunteer himself to police with his lawyers in a quiet, subdued manner but instead was arrested by the police at his home.

Hernandez, wearing a white V-neck T-shirt, long red athletic shorts and black sneakers, was led around 9 a.m. ET from the front door of his mansion with his hands in handcuffs behind his back inside the shirt and placed into a police cruiser, which quickly drove away.

He casually spit into some bushes on his way to the car.

UPDATE III: Will be arraigned in Attleborough District Court alter today.

Aaron Hernandez was arrested this morning and is scheduled to be arraigned in Attleboro District Court some time today, leading the New England Patriots to cut one-time star tight end from the team about two hours later.

Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter, in a statement, confirmed Hernandez’s arrest, but did not say what crime the professional football player is accused of committing.

UPDATE IV: Patriots did not wait to dismiss him from the team …

Hernandez will be arraigned later Wednesday, but the Patriots did  not wait to dismiss him from the team.

“Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation,” the team said in a statement.

New England Pats Cut Aaron Hernandez. One might be innocent until proven guilty, but not with the New England Patriots. It looks like they have seen and heard enough,]. Shortly after Aaron Hernandez was arrested by police this morning at his home, the Patriots cut Hernandez and released him from the team.  

The New England Patriots have released Hernandez following his arrest.

The team said in a statement: “A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.”

Just my opinion, but with the actions by the New England Patriots this morning, it is highly likely that Aaron Hernandez is going to be charged with murder later today in court, not just obstruction of justice.

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