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It was revealed during a pretrial hearing in Boston Tuesday, when one of the two survivors of a 2012 shooting said former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was the gunman.
A court official tells PEOPLE that the witness, Raychides Sanches, took the stand on Tuesday, and allegedly nodded in Hernandez’ direction when asked who killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. The drive-by shooting took place on July 15, 2012.
Hernandez has been behind bars since he was indicted in 2014, charged with two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of armed assault with intent to murder. He was also served a life sentence in 2015 for the 2013 first-degree murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.
Now, he has been identified as the gunmen. Hernandez will go on trial in February for the 2012 double homicide. Hernandez targeted the four men after one of them bumped into him and caused him to spill his drink inside a nightclub, according to authorities.
Yahoo Sports reports:
According to investigators, Hernandez sat in his vehicle, waiting for the men to exit the venue.
It was said that Hernandez allegedly drove up to the car that the four men were in, yelled a racial slur, and then sprayed the car with bullets. Sanches and another, unidentified man were wounded in the attack that killed de Abreu and Furtado.
Weeks after the incident, Hernandez signed a substantial contract extension with the New England Patriots that included a $12.5 million signing bonus.
During Hernandez’ trial in Lloyd’s death, the prosecution alleged Hernandez and two other men picked up Lloyd at his home during the early morning hours of June 17, 2013. According to testimony, they drove Lloyd to a secluded industrial park and shot him seven times. Prosecutors alleged Hernandez orchestrated the murder.
A judge sentenced Aaron Hernandez to life in prison. He will never be eligible for parole.
Jury selection for the 2012 homicides is scheduled to commence on Feb. 13, 2017. After this report surfaced, Hernandez’s attorneys declined to comment.
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