A grand jury indicted former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez Thursday on charges related to his role in a 2012 double murder in Boston's South End. Hernandez is already in jail awaiting another trial for another murder.
According to multiple reports from Massachusetts-area reporters, Hernandez will be charged for his role in the July 2012 drive-by shooting that killed Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado outside of a Boston nightclub. Previously released police documents revealed police have evidence connecting Hernandez to the crime, though it is unclear whether he was one of the shooters. Abreu and Furtado were shot when they were sitting in a BMW outside of a nightclub. An SUV pulled up beside them and shots rang out. Police initially believed Hernandez was behind the wheel of the SUV, but his exact role was not clear.
Hernandez was arrested and charged last summer for allegedly killing Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player with connections to Hernandez's family. According to previous reports, police believe Lloyd may have known details about that July 2012 double murder, and that his killing may have been an attempt to cover up the crime. It appears the investigation of Lloyd's killing led police back to that original slaying and Hernandez's connection to it.
A press conference is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., where Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans will announce new details about the case. We'll update this post when we know more.
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