Now Hernandez Charged in 2012 Double Murder

2 counts of first-degree murder in 2012 slayings

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 15, 2014 11:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on murder charges in a 2012 double slaying in Boston. Boston police spokeswoman Neva Coakley confirmed the indictment today. Hernandez is already being held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder in the unrelated death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd last year. In the 2012 case, victims Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were shot as they sat in a car in Boston's South End. Police have said they were shot by someone who drove up alongside in an SUV and opened fire.

Boston police have written in an affidavit there is probable cause to believe Hernandez was driving a vehicle used in the shooting and "may have been the shooter." At a press conference today, USA Today reports Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley was more definitive, alleging Hernandez was "the principal, the shooter, the person responsible for taking these lives."

In this Oct. 9, 2013 file photo, former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez attends a pretrial court hearing in Fall River, Mass.
In this Oct. 9, 2013 file photo, former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez attends a pretrial court hearing in Fall River, Mass.   (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool, File)
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