Former New England Patriots football star Aaron Hernandez was found not guilty of murdering two men outside a Boston nightclub in 2012.
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES (CBS) – A Boston jury on Friday found former New England Patriots football star Aaron Hernandez not guilty of murdering two men outside a Boston nightclub in 2012, following what prosecutors described as a dispute that began over a spilt drink.
The decision comes two years after another Massachusetts jury found the former National Football League tight end guilty of murdering an acquaintance in an industrial park near his home in June 2013. He is currently serving a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for that killing.
Except for a weapons possession count, Hernandez was found not guilty of all charges associated with the double murder, including witness intimidation. He was immediately sentenced to an additional four to five years in prison on the weapons conviction and led from the courtroom with tears streaking down his face.
Gasps were heard from the gallery when the initial verdicts were read, and members of the victims’ families were led out of the courtroom, also in tears.
Hernandez, now age 27, was a rising star in the National Football League when he was arrested in 2013 and charged with murdering acquaintance Odin Lloyd.