Hernandez Killed 2 Over Spilled Drink: Prosecutor

NFL great allegedly felt disrespected in club

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 28, 2014 5:43 PM CDT

(Newser) – 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.

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez listens to the prosecution's summary of facts as he is arraigned on homicide charges at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston Wednesday.
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez listens to the prosecution's summary of facts as he is arraigned on homicide charges at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Dominick Reuter, Pool)
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