Prosecutor: Aaron Hernandez Killed 2 Men Over Spilled Drink (page 2)
When de Abreu and Furtado left the club a short time later, Haggan said Hernandez followed them in his SUV and then pulled up alongside them as their vehicle stopped at a red light.
“The defendant leaned out of the driver’s side window of the SUV with a loaded revolver in his hand, extended out and stated, ‘Yo, what’s up now?’ and then a racial slur. The defendant immediately fired at least five rounds from a .38 caliber revolver into the victim’s car,” Haggan said.
“Witnesses reported hearing the clicking noise as the defendant continued to pull the trigger of the gun after all of the loaded bullets had been fired.”
Haggan said Hernandez and the unnamed associate then drove off taking the Massachusetts Turnpike westbound to Hartford, Connecticut.
During the ride that night, Haggan said, “the defendant stated to his friend ‘I think I got one in the head and one in the chest.'”
In Hartford, it’s alleged that Hernandez’s cousin Tanya Singleton brought Hernandez a new vehicle and drove off with his SUV. It was hidden in a garage at Singleton’s home in Bristol, Connecticut for several months, according to Hagan, before it was found there a year after the shootings, covered in cobwebs with a dead battery.
The murder weapon was later found in Massachusetts after a traffic stop, said Haggan.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports
After the statement of facts were presented, Hernandez’s attorney Charlie Rankin complained to Clerk Magistrate Gary Wilson that the jury pool will be tainted by prosecutors laying out the details of murder case in front of a large group of media.
Watch: Hernandez Attorney Complains About Trial Publicity, Magistrate Fires Back
Wilson quickly rebuked Rankin, taking exception to his complaint, saying “we don’t operate behind closed doors.”
Hernandez, 24, already faces charges in the 2013 murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. He was released by the Patriots last summer after his arrest in Lloyd’s shooting death.
Authorities have not said if there is any connection between the 2012 killings and Lloyd’s slaying. Lloyd’s body was found in an industrial area near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough. Lloyd was dating a sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.
Hernandez’s lawyers have said he is looking forward to proving his innocence.
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