Hernandez, who is already in jail for allegedly orchestrating the slaying of Odin Lloyd last June, was a person of interest in relation to the 2012 murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado over the last 11 months.
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley fingered Hernandez as the trigger man in the double murder, alleging that Hernandez encountered the victims at Cure, a night club in Boston. Hernandez then pulled up alongside the victims at an intersection and shot into the passenger side of their vehicle with a .38-caliber revolver, according to Conley. De Abreu, the driver, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest while Furtado was killed by a shot to the head. One of the other three passengers was also shot but survived.
“This case wasn’t about Aaron Hernandez, but about two victims who were stalked, ambushed and senselessly murdered on the streets of the city they called home,” Conley said.
Hernandez played in 10 games during the 2012 season for the Patriots after the alleged shooting. He also signed a five-year contract extension worth up to $40 million in August 2012.
Conley maintained that the grand jury investigating the case remains open. It is possible more charges could follow.
Hernandez is expected to be arraigned in Boston next week. He has pled not guilty to the killing of Lloyd. No murder weapon has been found in that case.
Hernandez’s alleged accomplices — Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz — have also been charged with murder in the Lloyd death.
Wallace was expected in Fall River Superior Court at 2 pm on Thursday to be arraigned on his murder charge.