Boston, MA (CBS) - Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted Thursday in a double murder that took place nearly two years ago, reports CBS Boston.
Daniel Abreau, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28, both of Dorchester, Mass., were gunned down July 16, 2012 as they sat at a traffic light in Boston's South End shortly after leaving Cure Lounge with three friends. A silver SUV with Rhode Island plates was reportedly seen speeding away from the drive-by shooting.
On June 28, 2013, a silver SUV reportedly matching the description of the car Boston police were seeking in connection with the double-homicide, was towed from Hernandez's uncle's home in Bristol, Conn., at the request of police.
The 25-year-old Hernandez is already facing murder charges in the June 17, 2013 death of 27-year-old Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.
This January, the Hartford Courant reported that a search warrant indicated that surveillance video from the night of the July 2012 killings shows Hernandez in an SUV believed to be involved in the double murder.
The warrant did not suggest a motive for the killings and did not indicate whether there was evidence that Hernandez was the man who pulled the trigger, according to the paper.
It did, however, say surveillance footage showed Hernandez and Alexander Bradley at the same nightclub in Boston as Furtado and Abreu the night of their killings, according to the paper. Bradley has a civil lawsuit pending against Hernandez, alleging Hernandez shot him in the face after they argued outside a Miami nightclub in early 2013.
Bradley was jailed last fall after he allegedly avoided authorities who tried to subpoena him to appear before a grand jury probing the 2012 double homicide.
The search warrant obtained by the Courant sought to access recordings of phone calls Bradley made from prison after a Department of Corrections official told authorities that Bradley was heard discussing details of the Boston double homicide investigation on those calls.
Authorities only began tying Hernandez to the double homicide investigation after he was charged in Odin Lloyd's murder. The warrant reportedly indicated that authorities received a phone call on June 22, 2013 that led them to investigate the former NFL star in connection with the 2012 case.
The call is said to have come from an employee of Rumor nightclub in Boston, a club that Hernandez and Lloyd reportedly visited two days before Lloyd's death and the location at which prosecutors say the two men had a disagreement that eventually led to Lloyd's shooting, the paper reported.
The caller claimed to have overheard a conversation that indicated Lloyd's death and the Boston double homicide were related, the warrant reportedly indicated.
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