Heather Hansen: ‘Now You’ve Got Motive’
The hits just keep on coming.
Aaron Hernandez, who is already in jail for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, was indicted Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder for the death of two other men in June 2012.
Hernandez has been accused of murdering Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a drive-by-shooting in Boston’s South End.
“I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that the grand jury was able to get a warrant to find the car that (Hernandez) was driving in that night and search it for some gun residue,” Philadelphia trial attorney and TV analyst Heather Hansen said on Ferrall on the Bench. “I think you’ll find, when we hear some evidence about this next week at the arraignment, that that’s a big part of the case. They also, from what I understand, found the weapon. If that’s the case, then those two pieces of evidence are going to be huge in making the case against him in the Suffolk County case.”
According to Suffolk Country District Attorney Daniel Conley, Hernandez shot Abreu and Furtado with a .38 caliber revolver while they were sitting at a red light on Sherman Avenue and waiting to turn onto Herald Street. An SUV containing Hernandez then pulled up on the right and opened fire, hitting Abreu and Furtado multiple times.
Conley said that a “chance encounter” led to the incident, adding that the victims had no known connections with gangs, guns or any crimes.
“They’re saying that it was some sort of random conflict in the bar that then spilled out, and Aaron Hernandez chased them down afterwards,” Hansen said. “Originally, there had been some talks that (Abreu and Furtado) were involved in some gang, but both families have filed wrongful death lawsuits against Hernandez – $6 million dollars each, I think, as has the family of (Odin Lloyd).”
Hernandez is also facing three charges of attempted murder, as there were three people sitting in the back seat while Abreu and Furtado were murdered.
“One of them apparently has identified Hernandez as the shooter,” Hansen sad. “And again, if that’s the case, you’ve actually got more direct evidence for the Boston murders than you do for the Bristol County murder that he’s already in jail for.”
Based on the reports, Hernandez is in a world of trouble.
“That’s what we’re hearing from the grand jury,” Hansen said. “What happens in the grand jury is supposed to be confidential and secret, but that’s what’s been leaking out a little bit here. If the evidence is what we’re hearing, the evidence is pretty darn strong on this Boston murder case.”
The two cases may actually be related, as it is rumored that Lloyd had firsthand knowledge of the the double-murder in Suffolk County and wasn’t going to keep his mouth shut about it.
“(Hernandez’) lawyers are going to say it’s circumstantial evidence, but enough circumstantial evidence makes the case,” Hansen said. “And now you’ve got motive.”
But that’s not all. Hernandez has also been accused of shooting a former associate, Alexander Bradley, in the eye in Miami in February 2013.
That means Hernandez is facing three civil lawsuits.
“He’s keeping his lawyers very busy this summer,” Hansen said. “They are not going to be enjoying any time at the shore.”