It seems as if Aaron Hernandez and his continuous run-ins with the law will not let up. Now after being charged with first-degree murder and facing life in prison with no possibility of parole, the former New England Patriot will face another criminal charge – this time for allegedly shooting his former right-hand man, Alexander Bradley, in the face.
The allegation stems from February 2013 and prosecutors of the case announced on Monday that Hernandez shot Bradley and left him to die in an industrial park near Riviera Beach in Florida. The shooting victim is also believed to be a witness to the homicides of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Prosecutors also say that Bradley was shot after making a remark about the homicides.
Now, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, Hernandez is being charged with one count under the state’s witness intimidation statute
So why did the case take over two years for a criminal charge to be filed? Well Bradley filed a federal civil lawsuit back in June 2013 but because he would not cooperate with authorities stating he did not know how shot him criminal charges were never filed. The suit is still pending and was first filed in Miami days before Odin Lloyd was shot and killed.
Now the 25-year-old faces two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of armed assault with intent to murder, and single counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm in relation to the shooting of De Abreu and Furtado.
A trial date for the double murder charges are likely to be set in Boston on May 21, which reports say that Hernandez is not expected to be present. An arraignment has not been set but carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.
This is a tragic story and life for someone who had everything and lost it all so quickly.
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