Trials & Litigation
Jailed former NFL player Aaron Hernandez faces civil suit accusing him in 2 more slayings
Posted Feb 27, 2014 1:35 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez—already charged with murder in Massachusetts and facing a Florida civil suit by another man who says Hernandez shot him—has been accused in two other slayings.
In a civil wrongful death suit filed Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court, the survivors of two men shot to death in Boston in 2012 accuse Hernandez of playing a role in those slayings, the Boston Globe (sub.req.) reports.
No one has been charged in the July 16, 2012 murders of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, but a criminal investigation is ongoing and court records as the Globe puts it, "indicate that investigators believe Hernandez was driving the silver sport utility vehicle from which the gunman allegedly fired."
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges concerning the slaying last June of Odin L. Lloyd. He is being held without bail in that case. Lloyd's family has filed a civil wrongful death suit against him.
The Hartford Courant reports that prosecutors in the Lloyd case sent a letter to defense counsel for Hernandez in which they suggest that Lloyd knew about those 2012 homicides.
Additional and related coverage:
ABAJournal.com: "Lawyer for shot man suing ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez: ‘You can’t make this stuff up’"
New York Daily News: "Aaron Hernandez used coded messages in jailhouse calls discussing murder of Odin Lloyd: prosecutors"
ESPN Boston: "DA seeks Hernandez recordings"
Hartford Courant: "Warrant Details Case Against Hernandez In Double Homicide"