Aaron Hernandez Charged With Intimidation for Shooting Friend in Face
BOSTON, May 12 (UPI) — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has been charged with witness intimidation for allegedly shooting a former friend in the face.
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office announced on Monday that Hernandez was indicted under Massachusetts’ witness intimidation statute on Friday.
The charge carries a maximum 10-year sentence.
Hernandez is accused of shooting former friend Alexander Bradley, a possible witness in the July 2012 murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado outside a Boston nightclub. Hernandez apparently shot Bradley after arguing over a bar tab and for remarks Bradley made about the 2012 murders.
Bradley filed a federal civil lawsuit in June 2013 against Hernandez where he accused the former professional football player of shooting him and leaving him to die in an industrial park near Riviera Beach, Fla.
The civil lawsuit was filed days before Odin Lloyd was killed in June 2013. Hernandez was convicted last month of killing Lloyd, a semi-pro football player, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.
Hernandez can be charged in Massachusetts for a crime committed in Florida because of “willfully causing physical injury to a witness with the intent to impede a Suffolk County criminal investigation,” the District Attorney’s office said.