The former New England Patriot, who is already in jail
awaiting trial on charges of murdering a semi-professional
football player in June 2013, was charged earlier this month in
the 2012 killing of Cape Verdean nationals Daniel Abreu and
Prosecutors said that after leaving the nightclub, Hernandez
followed the car that Abreu and Furtado were riding in, pulled
up alongside and shot the two men dead with a handgun. There was
no evidence that he had previously known his victims or that the
pair was involved in any criminal activity, prosecutors said.
Investigators linked Hernandez to the double-murder after the
death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was found shot
to death in an industrial park near Hernandez's house in South
Attleboro, Massachusetts, last June. Hernandez was previously
charged in Lloyd's murder and is being held at the Bristol
County Jail awaiting trial.
Hernandez had been seen as a rising star in the league and had a
contract with the Patriots worth about $40 million. The team
dropped him hours after his arrest.
(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
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