Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez already has been convicted of murder despite the absence of eyewitness testimony. In a separate double-murder case pending against Hernandez, the prosecution has an eyewitness.
And the eyewitness now has immunity.
Via the Boston Globe, Alexander Bradley will be able to testify in the case arising from the death of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado without fear of prosecution. It’s believed that Bradley will tell jurors that he witnessed the drive-by shooting, as the passenger in Hernandez’s vehicle.
Bradley claims that, several months later, Hernandez shot Bradley in the face and left him to die. A lawsuit was filed against Hernandez in Florida days before Hernandez shot and killed Odin Lloyd.
Bradley undoubtedly will face a withering cross-examination, with Hernandez’s lawyers suggesting that Bradley is telling the jury what the prosecutors want to hear in exchange for Bradley avoiding any criminal responsibility. Hernandez’s lawyers may even suggest (perhaps during closing argument) that Bradley was the real killer.
Regardless, if the jury accepts what Bradley has to say, it will be very difficult for Hernandez to avoid another life sentence.