Aaron Hernandez Indicted For Double Murder
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office announced that former New England Patriot tight end, Aaron Hernandez was indicted for a double-murder of Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu; the incident allegedly took place in July 2012.
Sports Illustrated reported that Daniel Conley, the Suffolk District Attorney, said “Hernandez followed the men in his car after they left. Hernandez then pulled his car up to the victims and fired a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol into the car, killing Abreu and Furtado, and injuring a third man.”
Hernandez is currently incarcerated awaiting trial for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. He he pleaded not guilty to those charges.
In August of that same year, Hernandez was presented with a $40 million dollar, five-year extension with the Patriots. Just before he was arrested in 2013, Hernandez had received $6.21 million in guaranteed money from the organization, along with an additional $3.25 million signing bonus. The extension was signed after Hernandez had a stellar 2012-2013 season, scoring 5 touchdowns in 10 games.
Joel Corry, of CBS Sports, stated how this indictment would affect the Patriots, “If Hernandez is charged in connection to the July 2012 double murder in Boston -- before him signing his extension -- language in his contract should give the Patriots grounds to recoup his entire signing bonus and end his grievance. Hernandez's contract contains a clause where he represents and warrants that there weren't any existing circumstances when he signed his deal that would prevent his continued availability throughout the contract.”
Now that he has been charged, this potentially gives the entire Patriots organization an opportunity to collect $3.25 million or more from this whole ordeal.
From Hernandez’s side of these recent charges, CBS News writer Stephanie Slifer wrote, “Hernandez's attorneys, Charles Rankin and James Sultan, issued a joint statement following news of the indictment saying, 'It is one thing to make allegations at a press conference, and another thing to prove them in a courtroom. Unlike the District Attorney, we are not going to try this case in the media. Under our system of justice, Aaron Hernandez is innocent of these charges and he looks forward to his day in court.'"