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Prosecutor: Hernandez killed 2 after drink spilled


By DENISE LAVOIE
Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) -- Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez gunned down two men he did not know in their car because one of them bumped into him while dancing at a Boston nightclub, spilling his drink, prosecutors said in court Wednesday.

Hernandez pleaded not guilty in at the Suffolk Superior Court hearing to seven charges in the 2012 shooting that killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. A third man was wounded.

Hernandez's attorney, Charles Rankin, objected, saying the prosecutor's account of the shooting was an attempt to poison the jury pool. Clerk Magistrate Gary Wilson dismissed the objection.

Hernandez Pleads Not Guilty

Prosecutor Patrick Haggan said that in the months leading up the shooting, Hernandez had become increasingly convinced that people "had been testing, trying or otherwise disrespecting him when he frequented nightclubs in the area."

Haggan told the court Hernandez and a friend drove from Connecticut to Boston that night to go to a nightclub called Cure. They were standing at the edge of the dance floor when de Abreu accidentally bumped into Hernandez, smiled at him and did not apologize, according to prosecutors.

Haggan said Hernandez became agitated and told his friend that de Abreu had deliberately bumped him, though neither the victims nor club staff knew Hernandez was upset.

Hernandez and his friend left and went to another club, where Hernandez was convinced de Abreu and his friends had followed them, according to Haggan. The prosecutor said there was no evidence the other men ever left Cure.

Haggan said Hernandez drove around until he saw de Abreu and Furtado and their friends going to their car and followed them, pulling up alongside them as they stopped at a red light and opening fire.

Hernandez leaned out the driver's side, said "Yo, what's up now," followed by a racial slur, then fired at least five shots into the car, killing de Abreu and Furtado, Haggan said.

Hernandez, 24, already faces charges in the 2013 slaying of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. He was released by the Patriots last summer after his arrest in Lloyd's shooting death.

Lloyd's body was found in an industrial area near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough. Lloyd was dating a sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

Hernandez's lawyers have said he is looking forward to proving his innocence.

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bigcatdaddy May 28 2014 at 4:26 PM

Ater a few years in prison he will not be a tight end anymore

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Buckingham's May 28 2014 at 1:47 PM

His hero must have been O.J. Simpson.

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aaldrew Buckingham's May 28 2014 at 5:09 PM

He wants respect he is going the wrong way to earn it. What an azz.

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onemadashell Buckingham's May 29 2014 at 10:25 AM

who did o.j. kill? no one.

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jkellas491 May 28 2014 at 4:36 PM

Now we all disrespect this loser. All that talent, money, fan support and he acts like a gang banger-no respect. Fry in hell Hernandez.

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thirdgradetchr jkellas491 May 28 2014 at 8:16 PM

Typical cholo.

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billcdaly May 28 2014 at 4:06 PM

Ghetto, rapper, gang, hoodlum mentality, at it's worst.

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souldrcb billcdaly May 28 2014 at 5:36 PM

Hey, dude! he jury said 'INNOCENT'! for Mr Lewis, who just happened to be in the presence of the occasion. This jerk PULLED the TRIGGER> Who sounds like they have the hoodlum mentality?

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topgun6063 May 28 2014 at 4:34 PM

you can take the a$$hole out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of the a$$hole; even when he's making millions of dollars playing sports! he's had issues dating back several years, eventually stupidity will catch up to you!

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irocker350 May 28 2014 at 2:12 PM

I see he already has what appears to be jailhouse tattoos on his fingers.
A true idiot. threw away everything.

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abcstarfox irocker350 May 29 2014 at 2:18 AM

Irocker...
Good post.

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shrinepres May 28 2014 at 3:26 PM

Once a low life always a low life. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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remcoisp1963cobb shrinepres May 28 2014 at 6:13 PM

People like that do not deserve any place in this society. The only place people like that deserve to be is in the cemetary. In an unmarked grave. Time to take out the human garbage and dispose of it once and for all.

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Ed remcoisp1963cobb May 28 2014 at 7:24 PM

I agree and bury him face down.

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billcdaly May 28 2014 at 4:21 PM

Should anyone be surprised ever since the media made Ray Lewis out to be some kind of role model and ESPN hired him?

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propickup May 28 2014 at 4:37 PM

this guy needs to die not sit in a cell with our tax dollars. stop wasting time and give him the death penalty and do it. STOP wasting our tax dollars.

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FUN May 28 2014 at 1:32 PM

Just another POS THUG ! He likes guns so much start with a 22 at the ankles and work your way up till he is gone .

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DAVE FUN May 28 2014 at 7:07 PM

I agree with most of the comments that are posted here,but can we first let due process take place.Don't let the media convict a person let the evidence come out. If found guilty I am 100% behind all.

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