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Prosecutor: Aaron Hernandez “ambushed and executed” two men

Aaron Hernandez, former player for the NFL's New England Patriots football team, stands during his arraignment in the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River Reuters

Prosecutors say former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez murdered two innocent men who did nothing more than cross paths with the wrong person two years ago.

At a press conference announcing that Hernandez is being charged for the double murder, District Attorney Daniel Conley said that victims Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were gunned down by Hernandez, and that police have recovered the murder weapon, a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, and linked it to Hernandez.

“Mr. de Abreu and Mr. Furtado were ambushed and executed as they drove home,” Conley said. “Aaron Hernandez is the principal, the shooter, and the person responsible for taking the lives of the two victims.”

Conley said reports that the two victims may have been involved in some type of criminal activities were false.

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Conley said. “Neither of them were involved in gangs, guns or violent crime of any kind, and that characterization was unfair to their memories and their families.”

Instead, authorities say the two victims had a “chance encounter” with Hernandez while they all happened to be at the same bar, and Hernandez followed them out and opened fire into their vehicle, killing them both and also shooting at three others who were with the two victims.

Hernandez’s cousin, Tanya Singleton, is also facing a charge of criminal contempt of court for failing to aid in the investigation after originally agreeing to cooperate in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

Hernandez is currently in jail awaiting trial on another murder charge in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd. Authorities say Hernandez will likely stand trial for the murder of Lloyd first, and then stand trial for the murder of de Abreu and Furtado after the conclusion of the trial in Lloyd’s death.

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  1. ravens634 says: May 15, 2014 11:53 AM

    its pretty clear the DA wants at least one charge to stick, and for Hernandez to sit in jail for the rest of his life.

  2. grabgrabgrab says: May 15, 2014 11:56 AM

    All those who said no proof and no murder weapon may now sit down and shut the hell up. Nighty night big boy!

  3. fumblenuts says: May 15, 2014 11:56 AM

    “Police have recovered the murder weapon, a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, and linked it to Hernandez.”

    GAME OVER!

  4. whatjusthapped says: May 15, 2014 11:56 AM

    I assume this is on video tape, right?

  5. bucrightoff says: May 15, 2014 11:59 AM

    I think Aaron watched too much Oz growing up.

  6. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk says: May 15, 2014 12:00 PM

    Kraft was duped :/

  7. tremoluxman says: May 15, 2014 12:01 PM

    Talk about your mad dog on the loose . . .

  8. RexCanCoach says: May 15, 2014 12:01 PM

    It should be fascinating to say the least to see how the prosecution links Hernandez to the gun. And it will be the critical point of focus in the trial.

  9. notthetroll says: May 15, 2014 12:01 PM

    Hope this one ends soon, and on a breakaway dunk.

  10. 8to80texansblog says: May 15, 2014 12:02 PM

    Well Adam Sandler’s prison football team just got better….

  11. BigAlHeBDMan says: May 15, 2014 12:04 PM

    “Chance encounter” Then why, Aaron? Enquiring minds want to know.

  12. leatherhelmets says: May 15, 2014 12:06 PM

    I wonder what the Pouncey brothers have to say about all this. Possibly a set up? An accident? Gun just went off twice? Maybe a new free hernandez campaign? What say you Pouncy bros?

  13. medialovesthecowboys says: May 15, 2014 12:07 PM

    How messed up can one guy be?

  14. jayniner says: May 15, 2014 12:08 PM

    There has always been reasonable doubt Hernandez was involved.

    Right up until the moment the D.A. announced the recovery of the weapon and linked it to him.

  15. zeeman911 says: May 15, 2014 12:08 PM

    Easier to charge with the double murder first, next trial would only be a formality…

  16. 6ball says: May 15, 2014 12:09 PM

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    A textbook example of when things go from bad to worse.

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  17. barsfordays says: May 15, 2014 12:10 PM

    We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out in court… I just still have a funny feeling that he’s gonna walk away from all this.

  18. redandgoldhitman52 says: May 15, 2014 12:10 PM

    unless the gun has hernandez fingerprints, its worthless in court

  19. livenbreathefootball says: May 15, 2014 12:11 PM

    So Hernandez’s response to any situation he doesn’t like is to shoot someone? Good thing he is in jail or Eli Manning would be looking over his shoulder.

  20. richkotitte says: May 15, 2014 12:11 PM

    Aaron’s value in even the DEEPEST of FF dynasty leagues is now less than Chad Johnson’s.

  21. betterandbetterthan says: May 15, 2014 12:11 PM

    Did they detail how they linked the weapon to Hernandez and how they know he was the shooter? While I don’t believe he is innocent of his crimes (well, definitely Lloyd) to assume the indictment is a slam dunk is shortsighted.

  22. 1509lucky says: May 15, 2014 12:14 PM

    I don’t doubt for a minute that Hernadez did any of what is being alleged,but it seems they’re overcharging like crazy without any real EVIDENCE to back it up. Pinning their hopes on some Jailhouse Snitches is a very dangerous move.

  23. reesesteel23 says: May 15, 2014 12:18 PM

    I think he’s guilty, but if you think article sums everything up and makes for a sure conviction, you know nothing about the judicial system. They’re reaching for the stars with the hopes that something sticks. In what way is the gun linked to Hernandez?

  24. tommyhammond says: May 15, 2014 12:18 PM

    Notice how his verified Twitter account wasn’t used the entire month of July in 2012?? I wonder if he was scared?

  25. u4iadman says: May 15, 2014 12:18 PM

    Oh Pats.

  26. doe22us says: May 15, 2014 12:18 PM

    For those that had a sliver of hope (yeah right), that this evil guy would ever taste freedom and through an act of divine intervention would ever play ball again, you can stick that proverbial fork in it. This goose was cooked a long time ago. Hmm, also that cover up in Fl, this guy is as evil, demented as they come.

  27. thegreatgabbert says: May 15, 2014 12:20 PM

    Those guys will be a little more careful next time about what they say to strangers in a bar.

  28. icup89 says: May 15, 2014 12:21 PM

    NOT GUILTY YA’LL GOT TO FEEL ME

  29. phinfanatic84 says: May 15, 2014 12:24 PM

    This hasn’t exactly been a banner year for the University of Florida…

  30. ttommytom says: May 15, 2014 12:24 PM

    The guilt is well known and right there. Proving it is usually hard because this country would rather let 10 guilty people go before they convict 1 innocent person. Thus the burden of proof is great.

    The most frustrating thing of all time is KNOWING someone is guilty of a homicide and him getting away with it because it is just that way sometimes.

    Been there and it’s haunting…

  31. officialgame says: May 15, 2014 12:25 PM

    No wonder Brady got him the ball.

  32. patriotinvasion says: May 15, 2014 12:25 PM

    Good thing being guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law is a bit more difficult than being guilty in the court of public opinion.

    Still find it hard to believe this guy was just spraying bullets in downtown Boston as a recognizable member of the New England Patriots. He’s obviously a bad guy and was probably involved with both incidents but not 100% convinced he was Rambo unloading bullets everywhere.

  33. guiness17 says: May 15, 2014 12:25 PM

    I’d say a good part of the prosecutor’s statement is hot air. Even if Hernandez was the killer, saying it’s all the result of a ‘chance encounter’ stretches the believability. I have trouble to believe there was no motive whatsoever.

    In other news, the Patriots have to be elated with this. Since this pre-dates him signing his contract, it would mean he accepted it under false pretenses and gives them a stronger case to invalidate it and recover some signing bonus.

  34. rg3andthensome says: May 15, 2014 12:25 PM

    And the NFL has its first Serial Killer….WOW.

  35. boobsmcgoo says: May 15, 2014 12:28 PM

    Three murders? That’s a new NFL record!

  36. itstulwutup says: May 15, 2014 12:29 PM

    Mr. Aaron “Killer-Instincts” Hernandez aka Cold Killer

  37. alshonbrandontandem says: May 15, 2014 12:29 PM

    3 counts of murder?!? Makes OJ look like a petty criminal.

  38. ravenswhat says: May 15, 2014 12:30 PM

    There’s hurt, in a world of hurt and in Hernandez’s case…a universe of hurt.

  39. kingpel says: May 15, 2014 12:30 PM

    This guy does not hesitate to pull the trigger. With all that money, a dream job and a young daughter I can’t understand why he would throw his life away like this. And over what? What a waste.

  40. icup89 says: May 15, 2014 12:30 PM

    All joking aside couldn’t he have just managed to play NFL football without this non-sense? What waste

  41. promickey says: May 15, 2014 12:32 PM

    So according to police Hernandez was a mass murderer who played NFL pro football in his spare time……

  42. longsufferingkcfan says: May 15, 2014 12:36 PM

    Instead of “30 for 30″ the ESPN documentary about this loser should be called “30 to Life.”

  43. thelastpieceofcheese says: May 15, 2014 12:37 PM

    Let us not get overconfident. Remember Oj

  44. deathonwings410 says: May 15, 2014 12:38 PM

    Damn, that’s crazy.

  45. 2difshoe says: May 15, 2014 12:41 PM

    Even the ” Fat Lady ” will pass on this one!

  46. swortybounce says: May 15, 2014 12:41 PM

    From steak and potatoes to bologna and cheese.

    Clearly, he didn’t think this through.

  47. angryamericancitizen says: May 15, 2014 12:44 PM

    The description of this act of violence makes me so sad I could cry.

  48. imnotyourbuddyguy says: May 15, 2014 12:45 PM

    Anyone who believe these two people were his 1st murders are naive.

  49. baltimoresnativeson says: May 15, 2014 12:47 PM

    If the boys get the murder weapon and connect it to you your toast.

    They are going to put this guy under the jail.

  50. nflrule says: May 15, 2014 12:51 PM

    Come on Brady…Take a minute and comment on something of substance like your teammate being a murderer!!!

  51. dcapettini says: May 15, 2014 12:53 PM

    You don’t believe it could have been a “chance encounter”? These guys must have “disrespected” him. We all know that is more important than life, wealth, freedom and health. What else could he do?

  52. ilovefoolsball says: May 15, 2014 12:53 PM

    So you’re saying I shouldn’t have him as a keeper?

  53. mvp43 says: May 15, 2014 12:56 PM

    The possibility of him recovering any money makes me sick. I hope he rots in prison.

  54. wimpyburgers says: May 15, 2014 12:57 PM

    It’s becoming clearer that Hernandez was leading a double life and that he needed to cover his tracks to not hurt his football brand.

    He just wasn’t all that good at it.

  55. ecupatsfan12 says: May 15, 2014 12:58 PM

    Aaron, this patriots fan couldn’t be more disgusted for you. You could have had everything man, millions of dollars, family, worldwide fame, super bowl rings. All you had to do was keep your nose clean and stay out of trouble, sitting in your house playing Madden and cutting your gang ties. What makes this sting even more is that you pretended to be an all American kid-charity, etc, when you were using that to pull the veil over our eyes. You are going to have a mighty long time to think about how you ruined your life, and when you have to answer at the end of your life, you are gonna be judged accordingly. Good riddance and rot in jail

  56. rando74 says: May 15, 2014 1:00 PM

    This guy…..

  57. ecupatsfan12 says: May 15, 2014 1:01 PM

    Oh and the other thing I’m equally disgusted about is Urban Meyer will put his hands over his head and yell “nannana I had no idea”, when that pig was covering hernandez’s butt for 3 years and enabled him. The worst thing is that Urban declares himself to be religious-pretty sure men of god don’t recruit and enable felons and sleep with interns- nice try Urb.

  58. bingowyo says: May 15, 2014 1:02 PM

    $10 says Vin Diesel plays him in the made for TV movie.

  59. granadafan says: May 15, 2014 1:02 PM

    Just think, if Urban Meyer and the Gainesville police had done their jobs in the first place and properly put Hernandez away when he shot those guys in college, there would be 3 people in Boston still alive. Instead, because Hernandez was a big time football hero, Urban, the UF administration, and police covered up the the shooting. Urban is pure scum.

  60. scw1993 says: May 15, 2014 1:04 PM

    Ray Rice beats the crap out of his wife, Sharper flags all over their field, on and on. They’re all angels, right?At least NE cut the guy as soon as he was arrested, not so with Prince Ray Rice, still on the team. Every team has criminals…right ravens fans? The right thing to do is to cut them, not keep them and NE did what it was supposed to.

  61. realnflmaster says: May 15, 2014 1:10 PM

    Patriots probably have surveillance of the incident. LOL

  62. davikes says: May 15, 2014 1:13 PM

    Still can’t figure out why he hasn’t been charged with attempted murder for shooting his buddy in the face.

  63. WilliamBelichick says: May 15, 2014 1:15 PM

    Must be the tattoos

  64. theytukrjobs says: May 15, 2014 1:15 PM

    People saying “Hernandez could have had it all” need to keep in mind that he was basically murdering people before he was even a star. This dude is a sick individual. Probably was taking roids too.

  65. orivar says: May 15, 2014 1:16 PM

    They may have recovered a weapon but that doesn’t say anything yet. I’m not jumping or having any opinion on this until trial especially as I have a good reason to not trust DAs. Not saying that Aaron didn’t put himself in these situations, it’s not just chance on way or another, but still.

  66. bigwii says: May 15, 2014 1:17 PM

    The Patriots and their players shouldn’t say anything, he dj want play for them anymore. Plus, it’s anything they say will most likely me taken the wrong way by the haters and over analyzed by the media. Not a smart move PR wise.

  67. pftfan says: May 15, 2014 1:20 PM

    I just hope the prison guards search deep inside the cake Tom Brady bakes for him.

  68. ragnarthemagnificent says: May 15, 2014 1:20 PM

    This has to end up being bigger than the OJ Simpson trial right?

  69. bigsowce says: May 15, 2014 1:23 PM

    in the first person shooter halo, this would be known as a DOUBLE KILL.

  70. oilerthentexandiehard says: May 15, 2014 1:24 PM

    No use for AH here on Earth. Let’s cut him.

  71. bushwoodcc says: May 15, 2014 1:27 PM

    mvp43 says: May 15, 2014 12:56 PM

    The possibility of him recovering any money makes me sick. I hope he rots in prison
    ________________________________

    If he gets convicted for the double murder his last contract can be completely voided as he signed it knowing he was in violation of the personal conduct clause.

  72. 1harrypairatesties says: May 15, 2014 1:36 PM

    Guilty as O.J.

  73. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: May 15, 2014 1:38 PM

    From making it rain to being in chains, this is the story of Aaron Hernandez.

  74. sportsfan18 says: May 15, 2014 1:46 PM

    The Pats say innocent until proven guilty…

    And until then, we’d like him on a work release program please…

    The Pats will then try to delay his trials for another 4 to 5 yrs and then they’ll draft his replacement…

  75. trapshoot says: May 15, 2014 1:58 PM

    A real class act.

  76. ravensfaninflorida says: May 15, 2014 2:03 PM

    I guess nobody will be taking him anytime soon in their fantasy football picks !!!!

  77. politicallyincorrect says: May 15, 2014 2:07 PM

    the world needs to rid itself of this Patriot piece of trash

    hope something occurs so taxpayers don’t have to support this thing

    at least take that $40M the pathetic Pats gave him…oh wait, they were duped…

  78. tangledorchard says: May 15, 2014 2:12 PM

    Burns me how much is being spent to deal with him. Set him loose an hour north of the normally northernmost landing site for Alaskan bush pilots – but wait until Christmas to set him free.

  79. johnheisman says: May 15, 2014 2:13 PM

    Hernandez has put his name on the list with Whitey Bulger and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a notorious murderer on trial in Boston. Honestly the main difference between Bulger and Hernandez is that Hernandez made his living in a different way. Bulger murdered and intimidated people full time while Hernandez spent the off-season building up his resume.

    There is no way that hernadez is not involved. he was seen driving the car the night of the murders on surveillence cameras, he was seen at the club, the car was given to him by a car dealer and hidden after the murders by a member of his family or a friend and they also have the gun that was also hidden by a friend or family member. Not to mention there were other witnesses in the car the night of the shooting.

    About the only other thing that could go wrong for Hernandez is if Roger Goodell fines him for an unsafe hit.

    John Heisman

  80. bullcharger says: May 15, 2014 2:27 PM

    He was indicted for 3 murders. That in itself is bad enough. He’s not a good guy.

  81. commonsensedude says: May 15, 2014 2:28 PM

    And with this, Aaron Hernandez has officially broken O.J. Simpson’s homicide record. (I hope nobody breaks Hernandez’s record for a long, long time).

  82. fwippel says: May 15, 2014 2:28 PM

    You done messed up, A-A-ron!

  83. realitycheckbaby says: May 15, 2014 2:29 PM

    Here’s what I don’t get…

    It said the victims had friends who were shot at but not killed. Did none of them recognize Hernandez?

  84. realitycheckbaby says: May 15, 2014 2:33 PM

    Hard to believe he never confided in any of his teammates or coaches.

  85. baddegg says: May 15, 2014 2:36 PM

    Wow. He is just a bad man…

  86. thingamajig says: May 15, 2014 2:47 PM

    Is there ever going to be a third criminal case for when Hernandez shot that guy in the face?

  87. chiadam says: May 15, 2014 2:50 PM

    Wait…will this impact his fantasy value?

  88. danmarinos1stlovechild says: May 15, 2014 2:51 PM

    Does Massachussetts have the death penalty?
    If so bye-bye Aaron.

  89. 8to80texansblog says: May 15, 2014 2:55 PM

    So does this mean that Urban Meyer recruited and Bill Belichick drafted a serial killer…

    I mean 3 people over the course of 2 years… that’s a serial killer right?

  90. dannyblaze62 says: May 15, 2014 3:02 PM

    What seems to be happening here is the DA is hoping this gets played out in the court of “public opinion” to help his case. As guilty (alleged) as he is, the case still has to be proven and evidence has to be clear and concise. If not, he will walk and there would be no one to blame but the prosecutor. People have a habit of condemning people before trial. What will people post if he walks? The Patriots obviously did not do their research prior to signing this kid. Sad that he has thrown his life away like this. Even if he walks, no one will touch him with a ten foot pole.

  91. Timothy Benton says: May 15, 2014 3:08 PM

    My ancestor John Billington was the first put to death in that state, he was off the Mayflower, this is our dubious family history. But because of wrongful convictions Massachusetts never put the death penalty back on the books, it was shut down totally with no chance of going back in in 1982 when voters voted in a constitutional ban on death penalties.
    So no Aaron will not fact the execution squad, he will face a much worse prospect, spending the rest of his life in lock up.
    Sad when a man has this much given to him and still runs around acting like some street punk.

  92. badmoonrison says: May 15, 2014 3:10 PM

    Holy smokes, the universe really hates this guy…

  93. luther6 says: May 15, 2014 3:20 PM

    There is nothing more despicable than to see innocent people killed — and then their memory besmirched.

    If there is a Hell, I hope Aaron Hernandez goes there. But then, I’m not sure that sociopaths have souls.

  94. motsuret06 says: May 15, 2014 3:22 PM

    Bad to the bone?????????????????/

  95. gbmickey says: May 15, 2014 3:25 PM

    For those still doubting do you really think the evidence reported is all they have? Don’t be so na├»ve.

  96. noaxetogrind says: May 15, 2014 3:25 PM

    For those who are saying “How could it be a chance meeting?” or “I don’t trust DA’s” or “how is the gun tied to him”, perhaps a primer in our criminal justice system would help. 1) Chance meeting simply means no previous connection. It doesn’t mean they didn’t get into an altercation at the bar. 2) You may not like DA’s or not trust them but I hope you understand that to get an indictment the DA had to present evidence to a grand jury of normal citizens who after viewing said evidence felt there was enough evidence to believe that the charges were credible and true. 3) No DA in would ever say they can “tie the gun” to a suspect and not have some colateral documentation to back it up whether it be forensics, eyewitness testimony or registration documentation. As to proving whether or not it is the murder weapon, that is simple and remedial balistic science so tying the gun to AH would carry a ton of clout in the courtroom. None of this ensures a conviction but for those speculating that this is nothing more than a rogue and over zealous DA, the facts to date and the system in place certainly leave the objectively minded seeing otherwise.

  97. dycenyne says: May 15, 2014 3:25 PM

    I wonder if he plays for the longest yard team with Michael Irvin and Nelly?

  98. Timothy Benton says: May 15, 2014 3:25 PM

    I would not blame this on anyone but himself. This idiot had a chance to pull himself out of this mess. But because he had the big money, he thought he was untouchable.
    Hope the lock him away with zero chance of parole. Then the families can come through and clean him out, leaving him nothing so all he can have is what he make off of working for 35 cents a hour.

  99. dhardy8207 says: May 15, 2014 3:36 PM

    I read a report somewhere months ago that stated the way they tied Hernandez to the double murder in Florida was a gun that was recovered either in his home or one of his vehicles…

  100. whodey1982 says: May 15, 2014 3:38 PM

    Is it now illegal to own 25-30 guns? Who cares? It’s no more dangerous than owning two…you can only fire One (or two) at a time.

  101. richardernsberger says: May 15, 2014 3:43 PM

    Three people dead for no reason except that Hernandez wanted to be a tough guy. No moral compass and too dumb to realize that all gangstas end up living in the same (big) house. In their idiocy they destroy other lives and then their own.

  102. bigjim50010 says: May 15, 2014 3:54 PM

    Sooooooooo he won’t play until week 4?

  103. steelcurtainn says: May 15, 2014 4:03 PM

    He’s going to have a long time to think about this. The NFL’s newest fan from the yard cell.

  104. imnotsorryisaidthat says: May 15, 2014 4:18 PM

    wheres oprah now?

  105. bostonbadass says: May 15, 2014 4:27 PM

    PCP makes the human mind do crazy things….

  106. uglydingo says: May 15, 2014 4:33 PM

    Incredible to think that he was actually Tim Tebow’s roommate for a while. There is probably a great story there if Tim ever opens up and talks about his old buddy.

  107. uglydingo says: May 15, 2014 4:35 PM

    Roger – How are you going to protect “the Shield” on this one?

  108. potviking says: May 15, 2014 5:08 PM

    Hernandez is exactly where he wants to be.

  109. apsmith307 says: May 15, 2014 5:18 PM

    Wow they kept this QUIET till today,more great news with Pats involved!

  110. derekgorgonstar says: May 15, 2014 5:27 PM

    Urban Meyer.

  111. idratherbedeadandcoldthengreenandgold says: May 15, 2014 6:20 PM

    The only thing shocking here is that he was not a Green Bay Packer.

  112. steve3579 says: May 15, 2014 8:06 PM

    It’s a conspiracy he signed the contract two months after he killed these people and in the contract there is a special clause fer him to get all of the money he knew he would eventually get caught

  113. jerrykill4pres says: May 16, 2014 12:42 AM

    Hey hernandez… Here’s some advice for you…

    Real “tough guys” like you want to be, don’t murder people to have the “tough guy” image like you think you might have.

    Real tough guys just walk away from confrontation. What does confrontation solve? What does a fight solve?

    Hernandez, I hope they burn you at the stake. I’m so lost and confused by trying to keep up with how many people you have shot at, shot, killed, beat up, whatever… I don’t know who’s who, or what’s what anymore! You’ve just done way to many things!

  114. Frank Gibbons says: May 16, 2014 1:55 PM

    One of those guys probably stepped on his pumas.

  115. franktown8 says: May 18, 2014 2:57 AM

    I’ll believe it when i see it. Now he shot two chased three, and just now getting charged? They could’ve told a truthful version. Some1 with him might have shot and killed these two men, with a gun he paid for that was his body guard.

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