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Aaron Hernandez to be arraigned for 2012 double-murder Wednesday afternoon

05.28.14 at 11:34 am ET
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The Aaron Hernandez story continues on Wednesday afternoon.

The former Patriots tight end is due in court to be arraigned on double-murder charges from a July 2012 incident in which he allegedly gunned down two men after an encounter inside a Boston nightclub.

Hernandez is set to appear in Suffolk Superior Court in the shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. A third man was wounded in the incident.

According to prosecutors, Hernandez and an associate followed the two men in an SUV after the encounter at the club, and opened fire after pulling alongside them as their vehicle stopped at a red light.

“This is a formal appraisal of the charges,” Sports Illustrated legal expert Michael McCann told Dennis & Callahan. “He’€™€™s already in custody, so one of the key issues that would otherwise be divisive where he should held over has already been resolved. He’€™€™s not going to be able to leave custody because we know that he’€™€™s facing murder charges for Odin Lloyd.

“He’€™€™ll learn about the charges, and we also may get some more details about the motive — why he did it, things that haven’€™€™t yet been made clear. Although I expect the hearing will probably be short. I don’€™€™t think this is going to be as dramatic as the Odin Lloyd hearing. He’€™€™s already in jail, and I think the prosecution has let out information about this particular set of murders. … I think the significance is he’€™€™s going to be a football player who’€™€™s facing two separate murder cases, three separate murders in two separate counties, and it’€™€™s hard to imagine anything like this ever happening.”

Hernandez already is facing charges in the 2013 killing of Lloyd. He was released by the Patriots following his arrest.

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