Hernandez was convicted nearly exactly two years ago for the June 2013 execution-style slaying of his friend Odin L. Lloyd, a semi-pro football player from Dorchester.
The 2015 conviction cemented a spectacular fall from grace for Hernandez, who once had a $40 million, five-year contract with the Patriots.
Hernandez was overcome with emotion as the verdict was read, moving his head from side to side, wiping his eyes and weeping. Both he and Gomes-Sanches testified against Hernandez, though neither could positively identify him in court as the shooter.
Hernandez's lawyers said it was Bradley - an admitted drug dealer - who shot the men over a drug deal.
Hernandez's trial lasted five weeks and jury members deliberated for six days before delivering the not guilty verdicts. He described Hernandez as a "very good young man who happened to hang out with a very bad guy in Alexander Bradley".
Bradley claimed Hernandez became enraged after de Abreu bumped into him while dancing, spilling his drink. Bradley testified he awoke in the back seat of a auto to see Hernandez pointing a gun between his eyes.
Defense attorney Ronald Sullivan Jr. said the jury was able to see through the "smoke and mirrors" that made up the state's case.
The jury found Hernandez not guilty of first-degree murder in the killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Defendant Aaron Hernandez listens as Judge Jeffrey Locke addresses the jury's question during his double murder trial at Suffolk Superior Court, Tuesday, April 11, 2017, in Boston.
BOSTON (AP) Jurors in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez have begun their sixth day of deliberations. I have the utmost respect for the Jury and thank them for their service but simply disagree with the verdict reached.
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