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article imageFormer NFL star facing more murder charges

By Nathan Salant     May 15, 2014 in Crime
Boston - Former professional football star Aaron Hernandez was indicted for murder Thursday for allegedly killing two men on a Boston street after they left a nightclub in 2012.
Prosecutors allege that Hernandez, who is awaiting trial for murder in the death of Odin Lloyd in 2013, shot and killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado following an encounter at a South End nightclub.
Hernandez pleaded innocent to the new charges, as he did to the earlier charge, according to the Associated Press.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges next week in Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston, the AP said.
District Attorney Daniel Conley said Hernandez, who had played one season of his 5-year, $40 million contract with the New England Patriots, followed de Abreu and Furtado in his SUV and shot them at a red light in July.
A third person in the victims' car was wounded, the AP said, while two other passengers escaped harm.
Conley did not explain what if anything he thought happened at the nightclub that precipitated the shootings, the AP said, but said de Abreu and Furtado had been "ambushed and executed," the AP said.
Lawyers for Hernandez did not respond to requests for comment about the new charges, the AP said.
But Conley did say the notoriety around Hernandez did not affect the way the new case was investigated.
"This was never about Aaron Hernandez," he said.
"This case was about two victims who were stopped, ambushed and senselessly murdered on the streets they called home," Conley said.
Hernandez's cousin, Tanya Singleton, also was indicted for criminal contempt of court for refusing to testify before the grand jury despite a grant of immunity, the AP said.
Families of the 2012 victims filed civil lawsuits against Hernandez seeking $6 million in damages for their wrongful deaths, the AP said.
The Patriots released Hernandez from his contract after he was charged in 2013 with the slaying of Odin Lloyd, the AP said.
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