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.
Former US footballer Aaron Hernandez has been acquitted of a drive-by double murder that prosecutors said began over an argument about a spilled drink.
Hernandez was overcome with emotion as the verdict was read, moving his head from side to side, wiping his eyes and weeping. Bradley testified he awoke in the back seat of a auto to see Hernandez pointing a gun between his eyes.
The jury deliberating in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez has reached a verdict.
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Hernandez's defense dream team countered it was his driver and marijuana supplier, convicted drug dealer Alexander Bradley, who was the true killer.
Prosecutors said the 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were fueled by Hernandez's anger over a spilled drink at the club.
Hernandez, 27, is now serving a life sentence after being found guilty of the 2013 shooting of Oldin Lloyd, who had been dating the sister of Hernandez' fiancee at the time of murder.
Hernandez denied killing the men.
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Jury forewoman Lindsey Stringer read a statement outside court noting the more than 70 witnesses and over 380 exhibits presented in the case.
Hernandez was also acquitted Friday of shooting Bradley in the face months later to try to silence him as a witness.
Defense lawyer Jose Baez, best known for successfully defending Florida mother Casey Anthony in the 2011 trial in which she was charged with murdering her daughter, relentlessly hammered Bradley's credibility, suggesting that he had killed the men and pinned it on Hernandez in exchange for immunity.
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