BOSTON (CBS) – The legal troubles for Aaron Hernandez are far from over even though he’s been convicted of first degree murder.
He’s charged with a 2012 double murder in Boston and facing civil lawsuits in that case. Hernandez is accused of the drive-by shooting in which 28-year-old Danny Abreu and his 27-year-old friend Safiro Furtado were killed.
Prosecutors say Hernandez was disrespected at a nightclub and followed the men apparently over a spilled drink. The criminal trial has not yet been scheduled, but the families of the two men have filed six million dollar civil lawsuits believing there’s already enough evidence to prove Hernandez is guilty of the killings.
“There’s no reason at all for the manner in which a life was taken. The person responsible should be held accountable,” said William Kennedy the attorney for the families.
The men came to Boston from Cape Verde in search of a better life according to their fathers. Safiro Furtado spoke three languages, while Danny Abreu hoped to become a police officer.
“Justice in America is very strong,” Salvador Furtado told reporters at a press conference. “I believe in justice in America.”
The fathers say they can’t understand a motive for the murders, but their suits are more than just dollars. “They’ve never said what are we going to get out of this case,” said Kennedy. “This is all about two young men cut down who came to this country because of the freedoms we afford.
Ernesto Abreu knows Hernandez is already going to prison for life, but can think only of his son. “It’s not good news for me. My son died and I don’t see him anymore.”
The judge in the Odin Lloyd case barred prosecutors from telling jurors about the Boston double killing.