Jury finds Aaron Hernandez not guilty in double-murder trial

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The jury in former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez’s double-murder trial returned its verdict on Friday afternoon after six days of deliberations.

Hernandez was found not guilty of murdering either Daniel de Abreu or Safiro Furtado and was also found not guilty of witness intimidation charges. Hernandez was accused of killing both men in a drive-by shooting after an incident at a club on July 16, 2012 and of shooting Alexander Bradley, who was a chief witness for the prosecution, in the head seven months later. Hernandez was convicted of illegal possession of a firearm.

Hernandez’s attorneys argued that Bradley, who is serving time in Connecticut for an unrelated shooting, shot the two men over a drug deal.

Hernandez was previously convicted in April 2015 on first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd. He has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole as a result of that conviction.

114 responses to “Jury finds Aaron Hernandez not guilty in double-murder trial

  1. I’m a bit surprised because this case was considered to be stronger than the Odin Lloyd case. I guess the jury didn’t find Bradley a credible witness.

  2. Not guilty of intimidating a witness though. I don’t understand how they found him not guilty of that since he killed Odin Lloyd presumably because he mentioned that incident and tried to kill Bradley, presumably also because of his knowledge of the incident.

  3. Given the jury’s questions that were made public Bradley must have presented very poorly on the stand for them to come back with this verdict.

  4. He should appeal the earlier murder charges. No way he murdered Odin Lloyd to cover up this murder that never happened. Hernandez IS INNOCENT

  5. whenwilliteverend says:
    Apr 14, 2017 3:25 PM
    I’m a bit surprised because this case was considered to be stronger than the Odin Lloyd case. I guess the jury didn’t find Bradley a credible witness.

    ————–

    Bradley really wasnt. He just might have been telling the truth this time around but with a history like his I guess you just cant ever know. Thats the problem with having such a history.

    I personally thought that the biggest reason for me to believe Hernandez was guilty was because he killed Odin Lloyd to keep him from talking about his invlovement in this murder.

  6. Gotta hand it to Jose Baez – dude is a exceptional defense attorney. Securing not-guilty verdicts for Casey Anthony and now Aaron Hernandez , he’s a modern day Johnny Cochran.

  7. It doesn’t matter. He was convicted of murder in the first trial so he will stay right where he should be — in jail.

  8. Back in the day, on the legal drama The Practice, the lawyers were in love with a tactic they called “Plan B.” Plan B was to cast reasonable doubt on the prosecution by blaming someone else – often a witness – for the murder. It was treated within the show as a somewhat reprehensible act, since the lawyers knew what they were doing was slandering someone who was most likely innocent in order to get the client freed.

    Seems like that’s what we saw here, only without the Plan B alternate being the least bit innocent himself. I guess that’s to be expecting when your star witness is himself a criminal.

  9. It’s really sad that the victim’s families will never see justice. Just because a jury acquits someone, it doesn’t mean he didn’t do it. The amount of time they spent deliberating was very telling. They were at odds over some part of this case. It’s too bad that Odin Lloyd had to die at the hands of Hernandez to put him away for life, but at least he will never go free. I guess it’s a small consolation.

  10. i have made many posts on this site pointing out that hernandez should be considerd inocent until proced guilty. well whatta ya kno, once again i had it right all along folks. its sad that this poor young man was railroaded by the justice system like that. a system that lets criminals like levon bell and josh gordon suit up on sundays.
    im just glad that justice has finaly been served and now aaron will be aloud to play in the national football league again and will be free to kill again.

  11. He’s not that bad of a guy, it’s not like he played with under inflated footballs or something horrific like that. He just killed a few guys.

  12. Ugh, my heart goes out to the victims’ families. By blaming Bradley, the defense conceded that indeed, it was someone in that car that killed the two guys (as opposed to, say, a stranger that would still be rooming at large).

    If Hernandez is not guilty and Bradley has immunity, then this means nobody is being held responsible for the two deaths, yet we know it was someone in the car!

    I understand erring on the side of caution when contemplating a conviction and I’m generally fine with it (as opposed to the other way around) but still, it must be a terrible feeling for the families.

  13. Urban Meyer will now start dropping Aaron’s name on the Tight End recruiting trail again!!

  14. So, well, that’s a conundrum… the cornerstone motive for the Lloyd murder proposed by the prosecution was that Hernandez was afraid that Lloyd would rat him out on this murder. If they can’t prove this murder to a jury’s satisfaction, then they have no motive for the other one. God for them that they prosecuted the cases backwards, I guess. I wonder whether Hernandez can appeal his first conviction…

  15. unclebluck says:
    Apr 14, 2017 3:29 PM
    So is Hernandez really not guilty or are the prosecutors incompetent?

    ————

    I read a lot of Patriots news (as a fan) and the stuff I read made him look guilty.

    Maybe it wasn’t admissible in court. Maybe the attorney overplayed his hand. Whatever. This guy is clearly scum. He deserves to be locked up. He has so many ties to murders and gangs that he’s better off in jail for life.

  16. Wow. What a disgrace.

    Somewhere in Massachusetts, 12 Villages are missing their idiots. Don’t fret too much, they’ll be home soon I guess.

  17. I didn’t watch any of the trial and have no real knowledge of any evidence involved, but clearly the jury did not find what the prosecution presented as enough to convict.

    The weird thing which is not mentioned in the article is they did find Hernandez guilty of possessing an unlicensed handgun. Somewhere between yup he had an unlicensed gun and the rest of the evidence the prosecution either muffed it or didn’t have enough.

  18. He wasn’t found innocent. He was found not guilty because there wasn’t sufficient evidence presented by the prosecution.
    There is a big difference.

    The sad thing is that now Jose Baez’ reputation is even bigger as someone skilled at getting murderers off.

  19. In the real world, it’s very difficult to prove someone guilty of murder. There are countless things which can hinder prosecutors and the burden of proof is all on them. If prosecutors make even a small mistake, it can mean a not guilty verdict or a mistrial.
    The trouble with most people is they watch all these tv programs where trials take place and are neatly spun together in one hour.
    And prosecutors have a far more difficult job than defense attorneys do. Calling them incompetent is unfair.
    Even when the evidence is overwhelming, the prosecutors still have to convince jurors of the defendant’s guilt. And as we all know, defense attorneys can dismiss a prospective juror because they think they can’t be easily swayed.
    For examples of all of the above, all you have to do is re-visit many famous trials. Start with O.J.’s. I’ve seen defense attorneys who have looked at all the evidence in the O.J. trial and say they never saw a case where there was more evidence that the defendant was guilty. But his “Dream Team” used every trick in the book from racism to theatrics to sway the jurors. And it worked.

  20. “a system that lets criminals like levon bell and josh gordon suit up on sundays.”

    You lost all credibility to your statement comparing pot smokers as “criminals” as compared to murder, which Hernandez has been convicted of.

  21. Billy to Bobby. Bobby, we need this guy. How is this appeal going on the the first trial?

    Bob to Billy. We are doing the best we can, we have hired Brady’s attorneys.

    Billy to Bob. Dont we have any video/tape on the judge in the first case?

    Bob to Billy. Maybe. But Brady is in the tape.

    Billy to Bob. Use it, I am going on to JG!

  22. whenwilliteverend says:
    Apr 14, 2017 3:26 PM
    Not guilty of intimidating a witness though. I don’t understand how they found him not guilty of that since he killed Odin Lloyd presumably because he mentioned that incident and tried to kill Bradley, presumably also because of his knowledge of the incident.
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    Except that the Lloyd case couldn’t be considered as evidence as it was not related and its mentioning would be prejudicial.

  23. mzew233 says:
    Apr 14, 2017 3:35 PM
    Isn’t he able to Appeal the other case?
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    Mass has an automatic appeal of 1st degree murder convictions.

  24. Juries are trained to want hard evidence – fingerprint on guns, DNA, etc – or really hard circumstantial evidence. In the Lloyd case, Lloyd met with Hernandez and his boys and ended up dead in an unarguable timeline. In this case, you had the testimony of Bradley, a convicted criminal, and not much else. I can see why the jury acquitted even though I believe Hernandez did it

  25. It’s very difficult to convict someone of a serious crime if they are defended by a strong legal team. There are lots of protections in the Justice system designed to keep innocent men from being convicted. These protections routinely result in testimony & evidence being kept out of juror’s eyes. Also, police forensics work isn’t usually anywhere near the level of detail that crime dramas would have one believe. This result is surprising, but not shocking – though I would have thought this case was stronger than the previous one.

  26. “It doesn’t matter. He was convicted of murder in the first trial so he will stay right where he should be — in jail.”

    While I’m glad he’s got a life sentence to fall back on, three things trouble me:

    • The victims’ families and loved ones are denied a measure of justice and closure;

    • we as a society are better off when crimes are solved and justice is meted out; and

    • there’s always the chance he’ll succeed in his appeal of his conviction and be released by another jury.

  27. Living proof that most jurors show serious signs of having a subnormal iq.
    ++++++++++
    You know, I believe that is what both sides attorneys want. Juries that aren’t smart enough to read between the lines and will accept what they are told.

    I was on jury duty and was called for a trial some years back. One of the questions asked of all potential jurors was if they use math in their work every day. Those that did were dismissed.

  28. The cowboys reached out to his former agent to determine his desire to play again…But the agent reminded them of the other life sentence he is currently serving…

  29. Prosecutors couldn’t produce the white suit he was wearing that night. And the evidence they did have, Hernandez’s hand didn’t fit inside the glove.

  30. I was on jury duty and was called for a trial some years back. One of the questions asked of all potential jurors was if they use math in their work every day. Those that did were dismissed.
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    highly doubtful. I have been a trial attorney for over 25 years and that question on voire dire has never come up, not once.

  31. dsimp724 says:
    Apr 14, 2017 3:32 PM

    Innocent!!! YOur free……. Well ain’t that a kick in the balls

    ——
    Wrong on three counts: First, he wasn’t declared “innocent,” Innocent means he didn’t do it, but he was “not guilty,” which means they couldn’t “prove it,” beyond a reasonable doubt; second, he’s not free. He’s still in prison on previous conviction; third, you mean “you’re,” not “YOur”

  32. How any jury found him not guilty in the face of the overwhelming evidence against him is shocking. So Bradley was driving and shooting at the same time?? That totally makes sense.

  33. Typical boston liberal hack jurors on display. They probably found him not guilty because they thought it was getting back at goodell somehow. What a scumbag sleezebag area

  34. Back in the day, on the legal drama The Practice, the lawyers were in love with a tactic they called “Plan B.” Plan B was to cast reasonable doubt on the prosecution by blaming someone else – often a witness – for the murder. It was treated within the show as a somewhat reprehensible act, since the lawyers knew what they were doing was slandering someone who was most likely innocent in order to get the client freed.

    Seems like that’s what we saw here, only without the Plan B alternate being the least bit innocent himself. I guess that’s to be expecting when your star witness is himself a criminal.

    _________________________________

    Not a favorite tactic of mine but definitely a lawyer I would want and use to defend myself in court…

  35. “Back in the day, on the legal drama called The Practice…”.

    If you’re citing a television show, you probably shouldn’t be commenting on a legal issue.

  36. All about jury selection. That’s where great defense attorneys win, they get jurors they know will buy their version of the story.. regardless of how ridiculous…

  37. Robert Kraft probably wants us all to apologize to him for assuming this murderer was guilty…

  38. trollaikman8 says:
    Apr 14, 2017 5:20 PM
    Slap another asterisk on the side of everyone’s helmet.
    ——————————
    There’s an even bigger asterisk on the sides of your Cowboys helmets.

  39. terripet says:
    Apr 14, 2017 3:37 PM
    Was dictator Bill there to support his prized player

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    No ones prized player. He has not been a Patriot since the day the investigation pointed at him. He told Kraft he was innocent but then when it came out he wasnt cooperating with the investigation Kraft didnt wait to hear any more and severed ties right then and there. The Patriots have not coddled this guy at all they told him to get lost as soon as they had an inkling he might in any way be associated. (It wasn’t until after that when it came out that he wasnt just associated, he was the triggerman)

    Bill was subpoena’d by the defense but then did not show up to testify (bold move because he could have gotten in real trouble for that, it shows how great Bills’s disdain for Hernadez is). The defense said they could get by without Belichicks testimony (apparenly true) and they were not going to pursue it.

  40. I can’t wait for season 2 of Making A Murderer based on these cases. I can see the opening scene now, Hernandez trotting out on the Pats practice field, high-fiving Tom Brady. It will be glorious.

  41. Like I have been saying here, his first conviction was wrongly obtained because they said because he killed these guys he killed the first guy. He should be released immediately and given a huge civil suit for being wrongfully convicted and jailed by publicity-hungry prosecutors like the one that framed the Duke guys.

  42. denverdave3 says:
    Apr 14, 2017 4:39 PM
    dsimp724 says:
    Apr 14, 2017 3:32 PM

    Innocent!!! YOur free……. Well ain’t that a kick in the balls

    ——
    Wrong on three counts: First, he wasn’t declared “innocent,” Innocent means he didn’t do it, but he was “not guilty,” which means they couldn’t “prove it,” beyond a reasonable doubt; second, he’s not free. He’s still in prison on previous conviction; third, you mean “you’re,” not “YOur”
    _______________________
    Fourth, sarcasm is lost on you.

  43. With all due respect to #blacklivesmatter, I have argued it before and I will argue it again:

    When it comes to American justice, it’s not white or black that matters, it’s GREEN.

  44. ariani1985 says:
    Apr 14, 2017 3:42 PM
    Tom Brady will welcome him back with open arms!

    —————-
    You and several other trolls here appear to be unaware he remains in prison, this was going to be additional life sentences but the way it works is you only need one of them to have to be in prison.

    And the Patriots were done with him ages ago. They were even faster than the trolls at condemning this this guy.

  45. Juries suck. I believe most confuse “reasonable doubt” with any doubt. Hernandez is guilty, he did it. OJ did it. Casey Anthony did it.

    Jury selection is tough. But today’s public opinion of law enforcement is such that winning any trial will be hard.

    Video of someone commiting the crime may not be enough anymore. Sad, really.

  46. I still wear my AH jersey to home games, its a great conservation starter with my fellow Pats fans in section 119.

    Btw, the Pouncey’s are thrilled with this latest verdict!

  47. I and every Patriot fan I know wish he was back on the team. Everyone makes mistakes, let’s give him a second chance.

  48. I wonder if he’ll get a tattoo in honor of his acquittal. He can have it put next to the one commemorating the murders.

  49. skankmeat says:
    Apr 14, 2017 4:27 PM

    highly doubtful. I have been a trial attorney for over 25 years and that question on voire dire has never come up, not once.
    _____________________

    Having read some of your posts what’s highly doubtful is your supposed occupation.

  50. “Typical boston liberal hack jurors on display. They probably found him not guilty because they thought it was getting back at goodell somehow. What a scumbag sleezebag area”

    That comment reflects far worse on you than on the jurors.

    First of all its likely the prosecution in vetting the jury dismissed anyone who was a strong Pats fan.

    Second, unless you flew to Boston, attended every minute of every session of this trial, saw every piece of evidence the prosecution had and how it was presented, saw every bit of testimony by every witness, and somehow listened to every minute of the jury deliberations you are just a clueless person venting bile on people you know nothing about.

    BTW where are you from? I’m sure other people here could make ignorant generalizations about that geographical location without knowing anything about it too.

  51. “Patriot Way”

    To all your Patriot Way people you are correct. It is the Patriot way to immediately cut someone associated with a major crime and piss away the 12 million dollars they could have recovered from Hernandez had they kept him on the roster for the sole purpose of doing so.

    They did not build him a statue.

    He will not be in the HOF.

    He was immediately disowned.

    That’s the Patriot Way.

  52. “What a waste of taxpayers money”.

    No, it wasn’t. A murder trial is never a waste of money. Not for the victim’s family, not for the accused, and most importantly, not for society.

    Our court system is a fundamental part of our freedoms. It isn’t perfect. Neither is anything else. However, the system is rooted in hundreds of years of building a civilized society.

  53. Most of the people disparaging juries have never been in a courtroom, much less served on a jury. They see an acquittal in a high profile case and draw conclusions based on their own uninformed opinions about the defendant’s culpability.

    If you’re not in the courtroom to hear all of the evidence, you have no idea as to what verdict is proper.

  54. How does Jose Baez sleep at night? He defends murderers for a living. Murderers with no remorse. I would also like to know how some of the jurors who knew about Hernandez killing Odin Lloyd could vote not guilty,and how they were seated in the first place.

  55. Al Bradley lied on the stand and people knew it. He is the one that lost his eye in the shooting by hernandez. He is locked up in PC in connecticut. I knew Bradley when i was working in the city he is/was from. You be talking to him and his eye liquid would drool down his face. GROSS! he has a glass/plastic eye piece that looks real. I cant say anything bad per se about him. He is just a ‘different’ person. Meaning annoying but not intentionally meaning to be. OJ was a Ballplayer so why are we surprised they let another murderer off the hook?

  56. Money gets you freedom. (Hopefully he dont win on appeal on previous one) He is from MY hometown and he was a crazy dude in a bad way as you all know. I wouldnt want to walk around knowing he is around blasting people-again. That’s what drugs and money does to you. Too much of either can be bad but too much of both,,, Self Explanatory.

  57. I told you he was going to walk on this
    and the other trial is going to get overturned
    btw,I’m not even a patriots fan
    I’m a steelers fan,but the guy got railroaded

  58. Don’t bring Ray Lewis into this CHEATERS. If you lie you cheat, if you cheat you steal. Enough with your second hand lies. But liars usually don’t know what the truth is anyway. Hernandez was a perfect fit. Murderers make some of the best liars, cheats, and thieves.

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