• Aaron Hernandez found not guilty of South End double murder

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    BOSTON - List of charges

    • NOT GUILTY First degree murder (Safiro Furtado) with deliberate premeditation
    • NOT GUILTY First degree murder (Daniel de Abreu) with deliberate premeditation and/or extreme atrocity and/or cruelty
    • NOT GUILTY Armed assault with intent to murder (firing at Gerson Lopes)
    • NOT GUILTY Armed assault with intent to murder (firing at Raychides Sanches)
    • NOT GUILTY Armed assault with intent to murder (firing at Aquilino Freire, shot and injured)
    • NOT GUILTY Assault and battery by means of a deadly weapon (non-fatal shooting of Aquilino Freire)
    • GUILTY Unlawful possession of a firearm

    Hernandez is facing one additional count not stemming directly from the shooting.

    • NOT GUILTY Witness intimidation (shooting Alexander Bradley in Florida)

    Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were shot and killed on July 16, 2012. The prosecution claimed that Hernandez was fueled by anger over a spilled drink and fatally shot both men. Hernandez's defense argued that it was actually Hernandez's friend, Alexander Bradley, who shot the men over a drug deal.

    When the verdicts were read, many people in the courtroom became emotional including the victims' families, Hernandez, and his fiancee Shayanna Jenkins.

    "Mr. Hernandez was wrongly accused of those crimes. ... We are delighted that the jury saw what we saw all along," defense attorney Ron Sullivan said after the verdict was read. "Hopefully the public will see that just because one is a celebrity, a New England Patriot, they deserve the same treatment under the law."

    >>RAW VIDEO: Defense team says lack of evidence helped them win case against Hernandez

    As she was leaving court, Hernandez’s Jenkins said she was “very happy" about his acquittal.

    Hernandez was sentenced to 4-5 years on the unlawful possession of a firearm charge, that sentence will be served in addition to his life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

    The jury heard testimony for six weeks and spent about 37 hours deliberating before reaching their decision.

    "We based our decision on the evidence presented and the law," juror Lindsey Stringer said.

    Hernandez already is serving life in prison for the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

    Hernandez was indicted for the shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, but his attorney claimed he wasn’t even in the SUV from which the shots were fired.

    After the jury's decision was announced, Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said the relatives of de Abreu and Furtado were "devastated," and that the case was "always about the victims."

    A family member of one victim told Conley "at least he's not walking out the door today."

    Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said he was "disappointed" with the verdict.

    "I have the utmost respect for the Jury and thank them for their service but simply disagree with the verdict reached. The evidence in this case all points to Aaron Hernandez as the sole person responsible for the tragic and untimely deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado,' he said.

    Defense attorney Jose Baez wasn't in the courthouse as the verdict was read due to what his team called a medical issue. Baez did speak to TMZ after the decision was made though, saying Hernandez is "not a killer."

    Aaron Hernandez Timeline: From Odin Lloyd's death to present

    WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE TRIAL: 

    Wednesday, March 1: "Hernandez portrayed as hothead, wrongly accused"

    Thursday, March 2: "Graphic descriptions dominate Hernandez trial testimony" 

    Friday, March 3: "Jurors in Aaron Hernandez murder trial see site of killings"

    Monday, March 6: " Defense in Hernandez double murder trial claims new evidence"

    Tuesday, March 7: "Camera ordered off after capturing Hernandez juror as graphic photos are shown"

    Wednesday, March 8: "Cameras allowed back in court, bouncer testifies"

    Thursday, March 9: "Shooting survivor, bouncer back on stand in Hernandez murder trial"

    Friday, March 10: "Defense calls for mistrial in Aaron Hernandez double murder trial"

    Monday, March 13: 
    "Impending nor'easter forces brief delay in Hernandez trial"

    NO COURT TUESDAY, MARCH 14

    Wednesday, March 15: Tattoo artist testifies about bullets, 'God Forgives'

    Thursday, March 16: "Criminalist: No way to connect Aaron Hernandez to gun by DNA evidence"

    Friday, March 17: "Jury hears from tattoo artist, sees photos from Hernandez's phone"

    Monday, March 20: "Key witness takes stand at Hernandez trial"

    Tuesday, March 21: "Alexander Bradley testifies for second day at Hernandez trial"

    Wednesday, March 22: "Alexander Bradley testifies for third straight day at Hernandez trial"

    Thursday, March 23: "Aaron Hernandez's former friend testifies for fourth day"

    NO COURT FRIDAY, MARCH 24

    Monday, March 28: Bears player calls Hernandez 'my guy' at double-murder trial

    Tuesday, March 28: "Hernandez's former friends, Florida investigators take the stand"

    Wednesday, March 29: "Forensics consultant details victims' gunshot wounds"

    Thursday, March 30: "Shayanna Jenkins testifies at Aaron Hernandez double murder trial"

    Friday, March 31: "Prosecution could rest soon in Aaron Hernandez double murder trial"

    Monday, April 3: "Hernandez defense makes its case in double murder trial"

    Tuesday, April 4: "Aaron Hernandez's lawyers prepare for final days of double murder trial"

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