From here out, when you talk about Aaron Hernandez being accused of committing murder, you're going to have to specify which one. Hernandez has been indicted by a grand jury on two counts of first-degree murder, stemming from a drive-by shooting outside a Boston club in 2012—a year before the alleged murder of Odin Lloyd.
On July 16, 2012, Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado were killed when an SUV pulled up alongside their car at a red light and fired into the vehicle. The deaths initially went unsolved, but Hernandez emerged as a possible suspect last summer, when a club security guard told police he had overheard that the killings were related to the murder of Odin Lloyd. Since then, evidence against Hernandez has mounted:
- The SUV used in the drive-by was found at the Bristol, Conn., home of Hernandez's uncle.
- The gun used in the killing was located in a car belong to a woman who told police it belonged to her friends, who were football players.
- Surveillance video showed Hernandez at the same club as Abreu and Furtado, leaving about an hour before them. Video shows Hernandez's SUV slowly circling the block until Abreu and Furtado left, then pulling up alongside them before the fatal shots were fired.
- A man who was in the back seat of Abreu's and Furtado's car told police that he saw Hernandez pull the trigger.
The Globe's Maria Cramer is livetweeting the press conference by D.A. Daniel Conley:
Hernandez's attorney says he will register a plea of not guilty.
The families of Abreu and Furtado have already filed wrongful death suits against Hernandez, who will next be in court on June 16 for hearing related to the Odin Lloyd murder case.