Thursday, May 15, 2014
Hispanic crime: Ex-New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the July 2012 killings of two men in Boston
Hernandez, 24, is currently in jail awaiting trial in a separate case: the 2013 slaying of a semipro football player. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said that a grand jury returned the indictments in the shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. "Mr. de Abreu and Mr. Furtado were ambushed and executed as they drove home along Shawmut Avenue in Boston's South End in the early morning hours of July 16, 2012," Conley said. In addition to the two counts of first-degree murder, Hernandez has also been charged with three counts of armed assault with intent to murder and one count of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, the district attorney added. The latter four counts reflect shots fired at three people inside the car that de Abreu and Furtado were in, Conley said. One of the people in the car suffered a gunshot wound, he said. Conley said that Hernandez was driving an SUV that pulled up alongside de Abreu and Furtado's car near the nightclub and that the former football star fired a .38-caliber revolver at them. Hernandez has also been charged with unlawfully carrying the gun that he used in the attack, Conley said.