Former New England Patriots tight end, Aaron Hernandez has been found not guilty of the murder of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. A jury returned the verdict Friday afternoon.
The victims were shot to death as they waited at a stoplight in the early morning of July 16, 2012.
Hernandez, 27, is currently serving a life sentence without parole after being found guilty of shooting Odin Lloyd, who had been dating the sister of Hernandez’ fiancee Shayanna Jenkins at the time.
The only charge Hernandez was found guilty on by this jury was unlawful gun possession and was sentenced to 4-5 years in prison.
The verdict came down one day short of the two-year anniversary of Hernandez’ conviction in the Lloyd case.
Hernandez turned to his long-time fiancee Shayanna Jenkins and mouthed, “I love you.”
As she left the court room, Jenkins would only say, “I am very, very happy.”
“A family lost two members and that was a tragedy,” said Hernandez’ defense attorney Ronald Sullivan. “And Mr. Hernandez was wrongly accused and that was a tragedy too.”
As for what won the case, Sullivan said: “A dearth of evidence that connected Mr. Hernandez to these shootings.”
Prosecutors said Hernandez shot de Abreu and Furtado after he became angry when one of them bumped into Hernandez at a nightclub earlier that night.
“We are clearly disappointed,” said Michael Conley, Boston’s district attorney, “There is a lot of sorrow and grief with the families right now.”