Aaron Hernandez Indicted On Double Murder Charges

Aaron Hernandez Court Appearance

It's been almost one year since former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Now, following a separate investigation, Hernandez has been indicted on murder charges in connection with a shooting that left two men dead in Boston in 2012.

WCVB Boston

Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were shot to death as they sat in a car in Boston's South End on July 16, 2012.

Hernandez is accused of shooting the men after pulling up alongside in a sport utility vehicle. De Abreu suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest, and Furtado suffered a fatal shot to the head.

"These men were ambushed and executed as they drove home along Shawmut Avenue," Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said. "Neither of (the victims) were involved in gangs, guns or violence of any kind. Their chance encounter inside a club triggered a series of events that culminated in these murders."…

…According to a December search warrant released earlier this year, surveillance camera recordings showed Hernandez and another man, Alexander Bradley, going into the Boston nightclub Cure at about 12:30 a.m. on July 16, 2012, shortly after the shooting victims went into the club.

The Boston article goes into more detail on what sounds like a pretty solid testimony to accompany evidence I'm sure the prosecutor is already holding on to.

Hernandez will face these new charges in Suffolk Superior Court. He's been held for the past year without bail in connection with the Lloyd case (Lloyd was found June 17 near Hernandez's North Attleborough home). The former Patriot is also facing weapons charges and charges for assaulting a fellow inmate.

Many suspect that Lloyd was killed by Hernandez because he knew about Hernandez's involvement in the murders of Abreu and Furtado. According to Michael McCann of S.I., "In Massachusetts, a person can be convicted of murder if he or she assists in the carrying out of a murder. This means that Hernandez would not need to be the 'trigger man' to be convicted on any of the murders. If he was in the car and assisted in the shootings of Lloyd, Abreu and Furtado, he would likely be deemed a murderer."

Hernandez played for the Patriots during the entire 2012 season, catching 483 yards and scoring 5 touchdowns.

Josh Helmuth is the editor of CraveOnline.