Aaron Hernandez was cleared of the double murder charges by court two days ago. while many thought that the former NFL star will come out of the prison as charges against him in the double murder case stand quashed, there are reasons to believe that he may not walk out of prison anytime soon.
The New England Patriots player has facing one murder case after the other. In August 2013 he was indicted for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a football player and is serving a live sentence in the case. Later, in the year 2014, he was indicted for the 2012 double murder of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Nonetheless, he has been declared not guilty in the case.
Many people who don’t have much idea about his cases in the courts and his previous conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd, thought that the former New England Patriots player will walk out of prison. But it is not going to be the case. He is still serving a sentence of life without parole.
After April 14’s verdict in the case of double murder, Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said “If those appeals are exhausted, he will spend the rest of his natural life behind bars, so that does give the families — and, frankly, our office — some consolation”.
In the meantime, the former football player’s legal team is going to fight that case too. Reports suggest that shown a willingness to fight every charge against him.
There is no denying that the case against Hernandez was not based on evidence. A report said that it was light on forensics, and relied heavily on testimony from former friend Alexander Bradley, who said he was with Hernandez during the fatal shooting.
The immunity that Bradley received was also criticized by legal experts. Bradley, who received immunity to testify, said that Hernandez became angry one night out when a man bumped into him at a nightclub and spilled his drink. Later that night, Hernandez ordered Bradley to drive up next to that man’s packed vehicle at a stop light. Bradley’s credibility — or lack thereof — played a major role in the trial. Defense attorney Jose Baez repeatedly called him a liar and a violent criminal who had made up the story to protect himself. Baez mockingly called Bradley’s immunity agreement the “deal of the century.”