He was a star player on a star NFL team, so what could possibly have turned Aaron Hernandez into a murderer? In laying out their case against Hernandez today in a 2012 drive-by slaying that left two men dead, prosecutors offered this scene from a Boston nightclub:
- "Shortly thereafter, Daneil de Abreu, while dancing nearby, accidentally bumped into the defendant, causing the defendant's drink to partially spill. The defendant became angered and increasingly agitated, particularly after Mr. de Abreu smiled and did not apologize."
Yes, a spilled drink, reports AP and CBS News. Prosecutors say Hernandez and a friend waited for the victims to leave the bar, then pulled up alongside their car. Hernandez allegedly said, "Yo, what's up now," opened fire, and told his friend, "I think I got one in the head and one in the chest" as they sped away. Prosecutors say he was right. Hernandez pleaded not guilty today. He also faces murder charges in the slaying of another man the following year.