If Aaron Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd in June 2013 to avoid scrutiny for the July 2012 murders of Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu, it didn’t work.
The death of Lloyd, whom Hernandez perhaps was hoping to silence about the drive-by shooting that killed Furtado and Abreu, resulted in Boston police focusing on Hernandez as a suspect. Now, according to Ted Daniel of FOX 25 in Boston, Hernandez has been indicted for the killings.
It means that a grand jury has concluded based on a one-sided presentation of evidence from prosecutors that sufficient evidence exists to believe that Hernandez is guilty. At trial, Hernandez’s interests will be represented by lawyers who can secure his acquittal merely by creating “reasonable doubt” regarding the prosecution’s case.
The Furtado and Abreu murders happened before Hernandez signed a big-money, long-term deal with the Patriots. If he’s convicted, the team could end up successfully cutting off any remaining guaranteed payments due to Hernandez, including the final installment of his signing bonus.
Hernandez now faces three murder charges, which will entail at least two high-profile trials. No trial date has been set for the killing of Odin Lloyd, and Hernandez has been jailed without bail since late last June. He’ll undoubtedly continue to be held without bail pending the outcome of both indictments, even if he’s acquitted in the first case that actually makes it to court.