Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez sits with his attorneys, Jose Baez, right, and Ronald Sullivan, left, at the opening of the first day of his double murder trial in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Boston. Hernandez is a permanent process for the July 2012 deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who he met in a Boston nightclub. He is already serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Lloyd Odin. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool)
BOSTON – A former friend of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez told the jury on Hernandez’s double murder trial Monday that he opened fire on a car, because he believed that there are two men inside had taunted him in a nightclub.
Alexander Bradley, testified about the shooting on July 16, 2012. Bradley said Hernandez ordered him to pull up beside the victims’ car at a traffic light, and then repeatedly fired a revolver in the car. Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu were killed.
Relatives of the men wept as Bradley testified, that the Judge Jeffrey Locke to call for a short recess.
Bradley said Hernandez used a racial epithet and said, “now What?” for to shoot.
The Boston Globe reported that Bradley also testified that Hernandez “felt the people thought he was soft,” and he wanted to prove that they are wrong.
The former New England Patriots tight end is accused of killing the men after de Abreu accidentally bumped into him and his drink spilled at the Boston club. He is also accused of shooting Bradley in the face months later, after he was worried that Bradley would tell authorities about the earlier shootings and is charged with the intimidation of witnesses. Bradley lost an eye in the shooting.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty. During the opening of the financial statements of the jury, his lawyer pointed the finger at Bradley, says he shot Furtado and de Abreu about a drug deal.
Bradley is serving a five year prison sentence for the shooting of a bar in Hartford, Connecticut, in 2014. No one was injured.
He admitted that it was a marijuana dealer in his testimony Monday and said that he delivered the drug to Hernandez for free before he joined the NFL. The two were good friends who went to clubs together, played video games, and the visit to the Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Hernandez is serving a life sentence in the 2013 fatal shooting of semi-professional football player Lloyd Odin, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.
Bradley testified that Hernandez was paranoid and said that he had nightmares after the 2012 shooting, but he also gave himself the nickname Double in A reference to the double murder.
“He thought that helicopters followed him everywhere, went,” Bradley said. “He thought that there was the presence of the police around him all the time.”