Bouncer recalls seeing interaction between Hernandez, shooting victims

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BOSTON (WPRI) — A former bouncer of a Boston nightclub took the stand Thursday in the double murder trial of Aaron Hernandez.

The former NFL star is accused of gunning down Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston back in 2012. Prosecutors allege the shooting was the result of Hernandez feeling disrespected after one of the men bumped into him at Cure Lounge, spilling his drink.

Ugochukwu Ojimba, who was working as a bouncer on the night in question, testified Thursday that he saw Hernandez talking to the two men at the club earlier that evening, but could not recall any sort of altercation, according to CBS Boston.

Ojimba stood by his grand jury testimony from one year after the murders, in which he stated he drove by the shooting said and said out loud that the group had just been inside Cure.

Aquilino Freire and Raychides Gomes-Sanches, who were both passengers in the backseat of the BMW that Hernandez allegedly fired into, testified on Wednesday.

The defense appealed to try to block Gomes-Sanches’ testimony, but the court denied that motion.

On Thursday, CBS Boston reports that with the jury out of the courtroom, the defense asked to show photos of Gomes-Sanches flashing gang signs, but the judge determined it wouldn’t be relevant to the case.