BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two murder charges for allegedly ambushing and gunning down two men in 2012 after one accidentally bumped him and spilled his drink at a nightclub.
Hernandez was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court and ordered held without bail in the shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. A third man was wounded.
A family member of one of the victims sobbed loudly as Hernandez entered his not guilty plea to seven charges.
During the arraignment, prosecutor Patrick Haggan explained the facts of the case, claiming Hernandez became upset after de Abreu bumped into him and spilled Hernandez’s beverage at the Cure Lounge on Tremont Street in the Theater District in July 2012.
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Haggan said the men “had never crossed paths” before that night.
“In fact, none of the victims recognized the defendant as someone they had seen before, either in person or otherwise,” Haggan told the court.
The prosecutor said Hernandez and an unnamed friend walked into the club and stood at the edge of the dance floor.
“Shortly thereafter, Daneil de Abreu, while dancing nearby, accidentally bumped into the defendant, causing the defendant’s drink to partially spill. The defendant became angered and increasingly agitated, particularly after Mr. de Abreu smiled and did not apologize,” Haggan said, adding that there was no argument or physical confrontation between Abreu and Hernandez.
Haggan said Hernandez told his friend that de Abreu deliberately bumped him and was “trying him.” That’s when the friend convinced Hernandez to leave the nightclub. They eventually drove around in Hernandez’s SUV.
“At some point, the evidence suggests they pulled over on a street nearby. There, the defendant opened the hood of the SUV and retrieved the loaded, .38 caliber revolver that he had placed there earlier that night,” Haggan told the court. (Continued)