Murder trial is first of two for Aaron Hernandez

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Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez attends a pretrial hearing in the first of two murder cases against him at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Hernandez is charged with murder in the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in 2013. He also is charged […]

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — The jury in the trial of Aaron Hernandez is in the middle of deliberations, but regardless of their verdict – Hernandez has another murder trial in his future.

Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were shot to death and a third man was injured by gunfire in what police say was a drive-by in Boston’s south end in July of 2012 – 11 months before Odin Lloyd was shot to death.

Hernandez was charged in the double killing in May of last year and pleaded not guilty. He also pleaded not guilty to Lloyd’s murder, for which he’s now standing trial. The judge in that case ruled the double murder cannot be mentioned during the current trial.

Investigators in Boston said they didn’t start looking at Hernandez until an SUV with Rhode Island plates that was loaned to the former NFL player was found during the Lloyd investigation.

A search warrant affidavit indicates a witness from Rhode Island told police a Hispanic man was driving the silver SUV that pulled up next to the victims’ car, and that eyewitness heard six shots seconds before the SUV drove away.

After the Lloyd murder, a connection was made by investigators and a search warrant helped police seize a silver SUV from the Bristol, Conn. garage of Hernandez’s uncle.

According to the affidavit, Hernandez was spotted on video inside and outside a nearby club. After he was indicted for the Boston shootings, police said they believe Hernandez shot the victims because one of them spilled a drink on him in the club.

The affidavit states the club security supervisor called police five days after Lloyd’s body was found and told them the Boston murders were related to the North Attleboro case.

Investigators have said that Alexander Bradley, who is suing Hernandez for allegedly shooting him in Florida about four months before the Lloyd shooting, was with Hernandez in the SUV during the double murder.

Hernandez is being held without bail in both the Lloyd murder and the Boston double murder. Regardless of the outcome of the former, he’s expected to face trial in the latter later this year.

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