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Hernandez to be arraigned on double murder charges Wednesday

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Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will return to court on Wednesday.  While that’s a statement that has been made many times in the past year, this week’s visit could be the most significant yet.

Hernandez will be arraigned on charges that he shot and killed Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu in July 2012.  As the movie-watching world learned from My Cousin Vinny, the options are simple — guilty or not guilty.  But there’s a chance that more details will emerge regarding the contention that Hernandez opened fire on the pair of men after an encounter of some sort in a Boston nightclub.

Hernandez has been incarcerated since he was arrested last June for the murder of Odin Lloyd.  Through the process of investigating a possible motive, police apparently tripped over the potential connection of Hernandez to the earlier crime.

No trial date has been set for the Lloyd murder.  It’s unclear when Hernandez will be tried in connection with the latest charges.

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21 Responses to “Hernandez to be arraigned on double murder charges Wednesday”
  1. hogue34 says: May 27, 2014 9:55 AM

    Heard local radio guy make a statement a couple of weeks ago after Hernandez made his last appearance. He basically made the point that Hernandez played two seasons after murdering two individuals.
    The league has plenty of guys who are shady or not good dudes, but Hernandez is a whole new level. He’s just a bad dude.

  2. kriswd40 says: May 27, 2014 9:58 AM

    While I’m sure he’s guilty as hell, it seems kinda wrong they can keep someone in jail for nearly a year now without ever trying him of the crime. There should be some uproar about this… not for Aaron’s sake but for others that aren’t murders that could fall into the same trap.

  3. whatnojets says: May 27, 2014 10:19 AM

    What ever happened to “Due Process” ???

  4. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: May 27, 2014 10:20 AM

    Time for this guy to take his medicine! While it’s not over yet, its looking like the men and women in justice system dealing with this case deserve a pat on the back. Connecting him to these two murders, via investigating the Lloyd murder was icing on the cake! Job well done, ladies and gentlemen -way to get this psychopath off the street!!!

  5. bhindenemylines says: May 27, 2014 10:34 AM

    I get the point…

  6. nyneal says: May 27, 2014 10:47 AM

    Apparently, Hernandez wasn’t worried about the guys he killed getting due process.
    I get the point about due process, but I can’t feel any sympathy for Hernandez. At least we know he’s not on the streets doing anything bad while he’s in jail.

  7. jrs1972 says: May 27, 2014 10:47 AM

    I used to wonder about this “fair and speedy trial” thing too but apparently this is what defense attorneys want, they longer they can string it out the better it is for the accused apparently. Witnesses move away, witnesses forget things over time, witnesses suddenly “remember things” which can be used to make it look like they are making things up.. ect.

  8. humpofdc says: May 27, 2014 10:50 AM

    When it rains…….

  9. 1rockyracoon says: May 27, 2014 11:00 AM

    If his lawyers had a problem with the delay of his trial then they would have filed a motion in court. He and his defense don’t seem to have a problem with his first trial not starting. They need plenty of time to mount a defense and now he will be facing more murder charges.

  10. oldgrouch99 says: May 27, 2014 11:05 AM

    My only question is WHY is he paying his lawyers? The prosecutors have been fumbling around for a year while their (innocent until proven etc) client rots in solitary and yet they waived time, I would refuse to waive time on these charges, rescind my waiver of time on the old charges and demand trial (AS IS HIS RIGHT) to start within 60 days. At this rate even if the guy is acquitted (ok maybe a fantasy) he will be on social security by the time he sees the light of day.

  11. alewatcher says: May 27, 2014 11:07 AM

    Hernandez has the means to flee the country, and family and friends that have been willing to help. He’s also been shown to be a danger to society. Guys like that don’t generally get to walk free while awaiting trial.

  12. libradad53 says: May 27, 2014 11:52 AM

    Kudo’s for the prosecutors not wanting to rush to judgement but wanting to make sure they have all of their “T”s crossed and “i” dotted. This guy has deep pockets for good lawyers. Prosecutors do not want to botch this case. In addition, a lot of witnesses have not been the most cooperative or reliable, so they need to insure that no stone is left un-turned and every door is opened……

  13. southpaw2k says: May 27, 2014 12:06 PM

    The fact that he’s been in jail for a year now awaiting trial is because of the legal process. This is fairly typical of any pending trial, murder or otherwise. The prosecution is doing its job in order to win a conviction, while the defense is preparing its case to clear Hernandez. Both sides are doing what they should be doing, and the fact that it’s centered around a celebrity isn’t changing anything.

    Heck, OJ’s case took over a year before it went to trial as well.

  14. redandgoldhitman52 says: May 27, 2014 12:07 PM

    im not defending this guy nor do i think he is guilty. the courts have nothing on Aaron, just hearsay. if the courts arent taking him to trial after a whole year of being locked up, then release the man and drop the charges. i’d be suing the state for a year of lost salary for incarceration merely due to hearsay and no trial after im released.

  15. chinahand11 says: May 27, 2014 12:48 PM

    If he gets released do you think the Raiders will pick him up? Match made in heaven.

  16. celticsforever says: May 27, 2014 12:52 PM

    Who signs him when he gets off/ out? Jets? Raiders? Maybe SanFran…they are as we all know above reproach. imagine the dooey that hernandez and aldon smith could get into!!

  17. kriswd40 says: May 27, 2014 1:01 PM

    It’s a very different story if Aaron’s defense wants to take this long too and I guess I haven’t seen any indications from them that they want to speed it up. Personally though if I were in jail, I’d be itching to get out ASAP. The wheels of justice move slow if it consistently takes this long to go from charges to trial. Just because that’s the norm doesn’t make it correct.

  18. kingokra says: May 27, 2014 1:12 PM

    I dunno, he looks innocent.

  19. Jame Wilson says: May 27, 2014 1:46 PM

    When people use the phrase he has ice water in his veins, this applies to Aaron Hernandez. This man has no conscious. Linked to 3 murders and could be a triggerman behind all 3? And was going to continue to play in the NFL as if life was all good? Sad day for Hispanics , The NFL, and Athletes. This guy could have been someone hispanics could look up to as one of the more gifted and talented hispanics in the NFL. Instead he has let down his community and heritage

  20. jason9696 says: May 27, 2014 4:14 PM

    I doubt he’s ever getting out of jail. He’s a serial killer for God’s sakes.

  21. bushwoodcc says: May 27, 2014 6:57 PM

    For those asking about due process and the amount of time he has been awaiting trial…he had a bail hearing in which the prosecution presented evidence showing the likelihood of the accused’s guilt and his status as a flight risk. Defense was given an opportunity to counter both. The judge took that under advisement and can either grant bail (and set an amount) or deny bail. In this case bail was denied. The judge even noted the accused had the means and opportunity to flee when handing down her decision.

    Also, the defense has also requested additional time to prepare their case as they have a lot of information given to them through discovery that they must review and account for. So while the defendant has the right to a speedy trial his attorney’s may opt to waive that right so that they can adequately prepare a defense.

    A speedy trial does not always benefit the accused, and when it doesn’t the defense attny’s job is to get the court to grant them the time they need to prepare a proper defense even if that means your client is sitting in jail waiting.

    The right to a quick trial is to prevent prosecutors from indefinitely holding you while searching for evidence on you. In other words, be ready to go to trial shortly after arraignment. But at the same time the court is obliged to give the accused sufficient time to prepare a defense if needed, and the amount of time needed to prepare that defense is usually determined by the amount of information turned over for discovery, so that the defense can perform their own research on all that they’ve been presented. The fact that the defense is not rushing into court should give you an idea of just how much information they have to go through.

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