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 Safiro Furtado.
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
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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