Aaron Hernandez: Jailed ex-NFL player acquitted of murder Featured

The former National Football League star faced eight counts total including two murder charges, three for armed assault and a charge of witness intimidation for allegedly shooting his former friend in the face in an attempt to silence him.

The jury heard from witnesses including a friend, Alexander Bradley, who said that he was in the vehicle with Hernandez when the football star shot dead Cape Verdean nationals Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado outside the Boston nightclub.

The defence made every attempt to discredit Mr Bradley's character as a witness and jury forewoman Lindsey Stringer said in a statement that the jury, which heard 70 witnesses and over 380 exhibits, "based our decision on the evidence presented and the law".

Hernandez, 27, was charged with shooting and killing two men outside of a bar in MA in 2012.

After not showing much emotion following the first verdicts being read, Hernandez eventually began crying.

And the flashy litigator, who previously won an acquittal for Casey Anthony in a child murder case in Florida that garnered national headlines, insisted that Bradley shot the victims over a drug deal.

The verdict came down one day short of the two-year anniversary of Hernandez' conviction in the Lloyd case.

Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were shot to death as they waited at a stoplight in the early morning of July 16, 2012.

Hernandez hugged his lawyer after being found not guilty.

The jury on Friday also acquitted the Pro Bowl NFL tight end of witness intimidation, but found him guilty and sentenced him to four years for carrying an unlawful weapon, according to the New York Times.

Hernandez's appeal, which will take place at a later date, will try to combat his first-degree murder conviction for the June 2013 killing of Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

In a rare Patriots mistake, Hernandez was given a 5 year $40 million contract just 6 weeks after the 2012 murders took place.

One such incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. on the night of the killings, prosecutors said, when de Abreu bumped into Hernandez inside Cure Lounge, a Theater District nightclub, and spilled a drink on him.

"Our theory of the case stands", Conley said.

Bradley testified against Hernandez in the case and was given immunity.

Prosecutors also pointed to Hernandez's tattoos as confessions of the crimes. Hernandez wanted five bullets visible in the cylinder of the gun and one cylinder empty, Nelson said.

"We are extraordinarily thankful to the jury", Mr Sullivan said.



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