Aaron Hernandez Double Murder Trial Starts, Defense Pins Deaths On Witness

Shaunee Flowers - Author
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Mar. 1 2017, Updated 2:26 p.m. ET

Aaron Hernandez’s 2012 double murder trial finally started on Tuesday, with both the prosecution and defense sharing their opening statements. This may prove to be a pretty interesting trial just based on the case that each side is trying to make. According to the Boston Globe, the prosecution painted the former New England Patriots tight end as a ruthless killer with impeccable aim. Meanwhile, Hernandez’s defense argued that he wasn’t the shooter and instead, his only crime was falling in with the wrong crowd.

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Prosecutors claim that Aaron Hernandez murdered Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in 2012 after the former NFL star interpreted a spilled drink and a bumped shoulder in a club as disrespect. First Assistant Suffolk District Attorney Patrick Haggan said in his opening statement that the prosecution believes that a furious Hernandez left the Cure Lounge after the run in with the victims in search of the two men. When he found them sitting in a car on South Street in Boston, the prosecution argues that Hernandez opened fire on the two men, shooting them with a.38 caliber pistol.

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