Every time it looks like it has gotten as bad as it can ever get for Aaron Hernandez, it finds a way to get a little worse.
With a grand jury in Bristol County, Massachusetts considering whether to indict Hernandez for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd and a grand jury in Suffolk County, Massachusetts reportedly considering whether to indict Hernandez for the July 2012 murder of Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu, attorney Jack Furlong explained during Wednesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN that the feds could still get involved in this one — and that Hernandez ultimately could be facing the death penalty.
“If this was a murder of a witness or someone who knew something about the earlier murder, then this case becomes potentially a death penalty case and a federal proceeding,” Furlong explained regarding the killing of Odin Lloyd, who reportedly may have known something about Hernandez’s involvement in the double murder. ”Remember, Massachusetts does not have the death penalty. The United States government does. . . . This case . . . went across state lines repeatedly between Florida, Connecticut and Massachusetts. It could go federal in a heartbeat.”
Six years ago, the prosecution of Mike Vick went federal, but only after it became apparent that the prosecutor in Surry County, Virginia wasn’t moving as zealously as perhaps he should. Here, the state-level powers-that-be are pushing the issue appropriately, but there’s one specific arrow in the federal quiver that Massachusetts doesn’t have.
So, basically, there’s a chance that Aaron Hernandez eventually could be executed.