As Aaron Hernandez awaits his trial for the shooting of Odin Lloyd, the former NFL player is being charged with two more murders. Hernandez has been indicted for a double homicide that dates back to July 2012.
The ex-New England Patriots tight end allegedly killed two men in Boston nearly two years ago. Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado were gunned down at a red light, and Hernandez is suspected to have been the shooter.
“Mr. Abreu and Mr. Furtado were ambushed and executed as they drove home,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said at a press conference on Thursday. “Aaron Hernandez is the principal, the shooter, and the person responsible for taking the lives of the two victims.”
According to Conley, Abreu and Furtado did not have any gang ties. They were involved in an incident at a night club just hours before their deaths. Surveillance footage shows Hernandez in the same club. Conley said the former football player “stalked, ambushed and murdered” the two victims.
Hernandez was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd on June 26, 2013, nine days after the deceased’s body was found. Shortly after, authorities began to investigate Hernandez’s role in the 2012 shootings. He allegedly followed Abreu and Furtado after the club, and shot them with a .38 Smith and Wesson from an SUV with Rhode Island license plates.
The gun that was used in the shooting was reportedly found in August. The firearm was discovered in the trunk of Jailene Diaz-Ramos’ vehicle, after she was involved in a car accident. Diaz-Ramos told police that the gun belong to a man she called “Chicago,” and she drove him his football player friends to work.
In June 2013, a warrant allowed for police to search a Toyota 4Runner that was linked to Hernandez, according to CNN. Witnesses claimed to have seen the vehicle at the shooting, and SUV was found at Hernandez's uncle's house in Bristol, Connecticut.
It’s the second time that Hernandez has been indicted on an additional crime, since his arrest in June. He was charged with assault and battery on May 1, stemming from a jailhouse fight.