Aaron Hernandez is now on trial for the 2012 double-murder of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, and today a key witness, Alexander Bradley, is on the stand to testify.
Alexander Bradley was with Hernandez on the night of the slayings. Hernandez, the former New England Patriots star tight end, faces two murder charges in the fatal shooting of the two immigrants from Cape Verde. Prosecutors say Hernandez feared his getaway driver and pot dealer was going to give him up for stalking and slaying two strangers at a stoplight after Abreu, 29, spilled a drink on him at the Cure Lounge.
Authorities said Hernandez fired five shots from a revolver into a vehicle outside a Boston nightclub club, killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
"He bumped into Mr. Hernandez and his drink splashed up and spilled onto Mr. Hernandez, and some got on myself as well", he said.
Aaron Hernandez is serving a life sentence for killing his friend Odin Lloyd in June 2013.
On Hernandez's command, Bradley said he rolled down their SUV's windows and ran a red light to pull up right beside the BMW the five friends had climbed into - "I thought at the very most he might try to intimidate them", Bradley said.
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.
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"He acted in a demeanor like a tough guy all the time, is the way I would explain it", Bradley told the court.
"Mr. Hernandez got mad". "He was fed up with the whole feeling-as-if-people-were-trying-him situation, so he wanted a firearm to protect himself", Bradley said earlier in his testimony. 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.
"There they go, there they go", Hernandez allegedly said to Bradley, urging him to follow. At a bar, Hernandez pointed to some men who he said looked like police officers, Bradley testified. The concoction of paranoia and anger was a frequent pattern with Hernandez, according to Bradley.
Hours later, Haggan said Bradley awoke in the back seat of a auto with a gun to his head.
After the murders, Bradley said, Hernandez "became extremely paranoid", and "thought helicopters were following him everywhere".
Hernandez and Bradley's friendly relationship fell apart during a trip to South Florida in February 2013 to attend a Super Bowl party. Bradley said he tried to tell Hernandez he had too much to lose, but Hernandez just couldn't get the incident out of his mind, repeating that the men at Cure had "tried him". The comment caused Hernandez to become upset and walk away, he testified.
Bradley admitted to initially riding in the passenger seat at some point in the night, but he swore that he was driving at the time of the shooting.