Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who is already serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was found not guilty of a double murder this afternoon.
Jurors deliberated first-degree murder charges against Hernandez for more than 40 hours over six days.
The former New England Patriots tight end was accused of shooting two men in 2012 after one of them accidentally spilled a drink on Hernandez at a Boston nightclub.
Hernandez’s lawyers said a former Hernandez friend shot the men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, over a botched drug deal.
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About six weeks after Furtado and de Abreu were killed, Hernandez signed a five-year, $40million contract with the Patriots and went on to play another season before Lloyd was killed.
On Friday, Hernandez was acquitted of all charges against him except for possession of a firearm without a license.
Jury forewoman Lindsey Stringer read a statement outside court noting the more than 70 witnesses and over 380 exhibits presented in the case.
‘We based our decision on the evidence presented and the law,’ the statement read.