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BOSTON (AP) – For the second time, former NFL star Aaron Hernandez will hear a prosecutor ask a jury to convict him of first-degree homicide.
Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday in Hernandez’s double homicide trial. The previous New England Patriots tight finish already is serving a life sentence after being convicted within the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional soccer participant who was courting the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.
Hernandez is charged within the 2012 deadly shootings of two males he encountered at a Boston nightclub. Prosecutors say Hernandez turned enraged when one of many males by accident ran into him on the membership, inflicting him to spill his drink. He’s accused of following the lads, then opening hearth on their automobile as they waited at a cease mild.
Hernandez has pleaded not responsible. His legal professionals are anticipated to problem the credibility of a former buddy who was with Hernandez the night time the lads have been shot and is anticipated to be the prosecution’s star witness.
Hernandez, now 27, grew up in Connecticut and performed for the Patriots from 2010 to 2012. The group launched him in June 2013, shortly after he was arrested in Lloyd’s killing.
Prosecutors within the double homicide case have mentioned that within the months earlier than the killings, Hernandez had develop into more and more satisfied that individuals had been “testing, attempting or in any other case disrespecting him” when he went to space nightclubs.
The lads who have been killed – Daniel de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28 – have been shut mates who attended highschool and served within the army collectively in Cape Verde earlier than coming to america and settling in Boston.
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