Critical witness expected to testify in Hernandez murder trial

Doug Mendoza
March 20, 2017

Alexander Bradley testified in the double-murder trial of his former best friend Aaron Hernandez on Monday. That was all it took. Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu were killed. He said they eventually caught up with the BMW at a stoplight, but Bradley said he never though Hernandez would actually fire shots. Bradley lost an eye in the shooting.

Alexander Bradley is a key witness to the prosecution's case.

Singleton pleaded guilty in 2014 to contempt for refusing to testify before the grand jury that indicted Hernandez in the 2012 killings.

Defense attorneys have responded that Bradley was a drug dealer, a liar, and a violent criminal whose testimony should not be trusted.

Testimony in the Hernandez trial resumes Monday.

Aaron Hernandez is serving a life sentence for killing his friend Odin Lloyd in June 2013. He has appealed the conviction. After he encouraged Hernandez to leave, Bradley says the two walked around the Theater District, "walking and smoking [marijuana] and talking".

Prosecutors say the tattoos are a confession by Hernandez that he killed two men after an altercation in a Boston nightclub in 2012.

After their stint at Caprice Lounge, they went back to the Toyota 4Runner, where Bradley said Hernandez retrieved a gun from inside the hood. "He was just agitated, and I just knew what would happen". The two friends spotted Abreu and Furtado in an SUV, and proceeded to drive up next to them.

Hernandez said that he hated when people "try me" or "try to play me", Bradley testified, so they left again.

He said Hernandez put the gun he had sold him "inside the engine...under the hood" of the SUV. "Go!'" Bradley recounts Hernandez saying as they spotted de Abreu, Furtado and their four other friends walking back toward their auto after a night out at the club.

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At one of these clubs, Bradley said, the group racked up a bill that topped $10,000, and Hernandez became angry because Bradley didn't want to split it with him. Bradley drove up next to the BMW at a red light, he said. Hernandez told him to roll down the window, shouted at the men, and fired five shots. From the passenger seat Hernandez leaned across Bradley, stuck his arm with the gun out the window and yelled "Yo!" to the BMW, according to Bradley.

Bradley said Hernandez later asked him to help him buy a gun "to protect himself" as a result of these perceived "trying" incidents.

"What's up now, n****s?" Bradley then said the two drove to a house belonging to the mother of his daughter, where Hernandez pointed out the shooting on the news. The two were both "panicked" and in a "state of shock", Bradley said. "I hit one in the head and one in the chest".

"He told her to take it to clean it up and put the vehicle in a garage", Bradley said on the stand. "He just said, 'Don't say nothing'". Bradley said this was not the first time Hernandez has acted out at a nightclub and he had concerns about Hernandez's temper.

After the murders, Bradley said, Hernandez "became extremely paranoid", and "thought helicopters were following him everywhere".

Months later, in February 2013, Bradley said Hernandez bought him a one-way ticket to Florida to attend a Super Bowl party.

The defense has also made much thus far about what they argue is the preposterousness of Hernandez successfully firing from the SUV's front passenger seat across Bradley's lap.

"If they are, it's because of the stupid sh*t you did up in Boston", Bradley said he told Hernandez. Later on the way home Bradley said he fell asleep in the auto. Afterwards, Bradley said the ex-NFL star threw the gun out the auto window.

He said Hernandez shot him in the face and, along with another man, pushed him out of a auto after the argument about the bill.

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