Settlement reached in Aaron Hernandez lawsuit over shooting friend in face

MIAMI (WPRI) — Convicted killer Aaron Hernandez has tentatively settled a lawsuit filed by a friend who claimed the former player shot him after an argument in a Florida strip club.

In the lawsuit filed only days after Odin Lloyd’s body was found in June of 2013, Alexander Bradley alleged Hernandez shot him and caused permanent damage to his eye. The lawsuit asked for damages to exceed “the sum of $100,000, exclusive of interest and costs.”

The cause of the argument in the club has never been clarified, but Suffolk County prosecutors allege Hernandez shot Bradley to intimidate him from testifying against him in a Boston double murder case.

The notice of settlement in the Florida suit was filed late Friday, and states only “that this matter has been settled.” There is no dollar amount mentioned in the one-page document, which states Bradley requested to keep the file open for 30 days pending execution of the final stipulation to dismiss the case.

That’s expected on or before March 14 according to the order by U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams.

In an unrelated incident, Bradley was shot in the leg three times last February at a Hartford, Connecticut club. Bradley remains imprisoned on a gun charge connected to that incident.

Hernandez, the former Patriots tight end, is serving a life-sentence for the 2013 murder of Lloyd in North Attleboro, about four months before the Florida shooting.

Court documents out of Suffolk County indicate Bradley was with Hernandez during the alleged drive-by, double murder in Boston, about 11 months before the Lloyd murder. Bradley has been granted immunity in the case, meaning he could testify without the fear of incriminating himself. Hernandez was also indicted for witness intimidation for shooting Bradley.

Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were shot to death in what prosecutors allege was a dispute that started when someone bumped into Hernandez in a club. According to a search warrant affidavit, two Rhode Island men were in a car behind the gunfire and told police they witnessed the crime.

The double murder trial was scheduled to begin in December but was postponed.

Hernandez also faces civil suits filed by the families of Lloyd, de Abreu and Furtado.

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