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Aaron Hernandez displays “killer” tattoos during hearing as judge issues ruling in double murder trial

January 21, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Aaron Hernandez displays “killer” tattoos during hearing as judge issues ruling in double murder trial

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Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez has appeared in a Boston courtroom for a pretrial hearing in his upcoming double murder trial.

Hernandez is charged with the killing two men, Daniel de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28, who he confronted at a nightclub in Boston back in 2012.

On Thursday, the 27-year-old appeared in Suffolk Superior Court where a judge heard arguments on defense motions.

Hernandez’s double murder trial was scheduled to begin in February.

Hernandez (pictured in court on Thursday) is accused of killing two men, 29-year-old Daniel de Abreu and 28-year-old Safiro Furtado, who he encountered at a Boston nightclub in 2012

However, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey handed attorneys for the former NFL star and convicted killer, a brief delay in agreeing to push back the start of testimony until the beginning of March, the Boston Herald reported.

Locke said in his ruling that jury selection in the double murder trial would still begin on Feb. 13, as scheduled, but will wait until March 1st to swear-in jurors.

Prosecutors assert that the former tight end for the New England Patriots followed the men and shot at their vehicle at a traffic light after one of them inadvertently bumped into and spilled his drink on Hernandez.

Hernandez is accused of killing two men, 29-year-old Daniel de Abreu and 28-year-old Safiro Furtado, who he encountered at a Boston nightclub in 2012

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty but is already serving life behind bars in the 2013 slaying of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

It comes after Hernandez’s defense team fought to keep their client’s tattoos out of the trial as evidence.

One tattoo is a cylinder of a revolver with one empty chamber and five live rounds. Below, are the words “God Forgives,” spelled backward so it can be viewed while looking in the mirror.

Patrick Haggan, the Assistant District Attorney, told the court in December that the tattoos were a memento of the 2012 drive-by shooting, according to the Boston Herald.

Safiro Furtado (left) and Daniel de Abreu (right) were shot dead while in a car with friend Raychides Sanches, who survived. Sanches identified Hernandez in a pretrial hearing

“The Commonwealth will show ballistic evidence that five rounds were fired that killed two men, and there were five wounds to the decedents,” Haggan said, adding that Hernandez had gotten the ink soon after the murders.

His second tattoo shows a “semi-automatic handgun and a spent shell casing and a puff of smoke.” Authorities allege that it is representative of what happened to Alexander Bradley – who Hernandez is accused of shooting to silence him.

This week, the judge ruled that prosecutors can tell the jury about two tattoos they argue are related to the crimes Hernandez is accused of committing.

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