DA: Gun used in Hernandez-linked murder found in Longmeadow

BOSTON (WWLP) – The gun allegedly used in a 2012 double murder allegedly committed by Aaron Hernandez was recovered by police during a car crash in Longmeadow, an assistant Suffolk County District Attorney said.

The assistant DA disclosed that piece of evidence during Aaron Hernandez’s arraignment Wednesday afternoon in Boston. Hernandez was ordered held without the right to bail during the arraignment on charges including murder in the deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

The handgun was found in the car driven by a woman from Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol, Connecticut following a June 2013 crash on I-91 northbound.

Prosecutors say Hernandez became agitated after de Abreu spilled a drink on him, and told a friend that de Abreu had bumped into him on purpose. Prosecutors say Hernandez later tracked down de Abreu and his friends and opened fire on their car from an SUV.

An attorney for Hernandez took exception to the prosecution’s presentation of their evidence during the arraignment, saying that the presence of news media at the arraignment, and the exposure of that evidence to the public, would prejudice any potential jury pool.

The magistrate holding the hearing defended the procedure, saying that he has held at least 1,900 other arraignments, and this type of presentation has been commonplace throughout that time.

Hernandez is due back in court next month.

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