The Aaron Hernandez double murder case reached a verdict on Friday, nearly two years to the day after the former NFL star was convicted in another killing. The jury found Hernandez NOT guilty of murder and several other charges related to the 2012 killing of two men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
Hernandez was acquitted of all charges with the exception of possession of a firearm without a license.
Jurors deliberated for nearly six days and about 36 hours before reaching the verdict Friday just before 3 PM EST.
Prosecutors said Hernandez opened fire on their car because he felt disrespected when one of the men bumped into him and spilled his drink at a Boston nightclub.
The defense team pointed the finger at Alexander Bradley, a close friend of Hernandez who was with him the night of the shootings.
Hernandez grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, and played for the Patriots from 2010 to 2012. About six weeks after Furtado and de Abreu were killed, Hernandez signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots and went on to play another season before Lloyd was killed. He was cut from the team shortly after he was arrested in Lloyd’s killed in June 2013.
At the age of 27, he is already serving a life sentence for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.