Aaron Hernandez has received a May 28, 2015, tentative trial date for his alleged 2012 drive-by double murder of two men. This trial will begin after the former New England Patriots' tight end begins a separate trial — October 6 of this year — for the July 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez is being tried for the alleged South End murders of Daniel de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28, outside a Boston nightclub in July 2012. Prosecutors maintained that the former NFL star stalked de Abreu and Furtado after his drink was spilled at a Theater District club, before ambushing them and open firing from an SUV with a .38 caliber revolver, killing them in a drive-by shooting.
Afterward, prosecutors say Hernandez said, “I think I got one in the head and one in the chest,” as reported by CBS Sports.
According to the Boston Herald, Hernandez laughed and smiled Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court while talking with his attorney, Charles Rankin, before the hearing began. One of Hernandez’s alleged victim's relatives sobbed loudly, only feet away from the former tight end, and had to briefly leave court before returning. Hernandez's next hearing in the case is slated for Aug. 14.
During Tuesday’s court hearing, Hernandez’s attorneys asked Judge Jeffrey Locke to issue a gag order preventing anyone involved in the case from commenting outside of court. His lawyers also expressed concern that their client wouldn’t get a fair trial due to the mass media coverage on an unprecedented two separate murder cases simultaneously. However, prosecutors objected, saying that they hadn’t made any improper comments about the case. The judge didn’t immediately rule on the gag order.
Hernandez was briefly removed from his jail cell and hospitalized over last weekend with an undisclosed issue before being returned to jail.
Hernandez remains in jail without parole.
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