FALL RIVER – Aaron Hernandez may have been acquitted of murder charges last week in Boston, but the odds are against the former New England Patriot ever walking free again, much less resuming an NFL career.
Also charged with the July 2012 murders of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu outside a Boston nightclub, the former NFL star tight end was looking at two additional life sentences until a Suffolk County jury last Friday acquitted Hernandez on both murder counts.
Baez also said he believed t was a “Strong likelihood” that Hernandez will get a new trial in the Lloyd murder case, and vowed to “Go all at it” if he were to represent the former Patriot in a new trial in Bristol County.
Hernandez’s hopes for a successful appeal will be made harder by the fact that Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh, who presided over the trial in Fall River, several times ruled against the prosecution’s requests to present evidence of alleged prior bad acts, on the grounds that such evidence would have been unfairly prejudicial to Hernandez.
She did not allow Hernandez’s former friend Alexander Bradley – the prosecution’s star witness in the Boston trial – to testify that Hernandez had allegedly shot him in the face in Florida.
Some online speculation and social media chatter have suggested that the Boston acquittals could play a role in appealing the Bristol County case because one suspected motive for the Lloyd shooting was that he knew about Hernandez’s alleged role in the Boston murders.