Brother of Aaron Hernandez to testify in double murder trial

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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is accused of shooting and killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in June 2012.

BOSTON, Mass. (WPRI) — Jonathan “DJ” Hernandez is expected to testify this week in the double murder trial of his younger brother, Aaron Hernandez.


The state is alleging that Aaron Hernandez ambushed and shot two men back in 2012 over a spilled drink at the Cure Lounge in Boston.

Monday marked the 17th day of testimony and evidence. The jury has already heard from 48 government witness.

On the stand Monday was Chicago Bear wide receiver Deonte Thompson. According to CBS Boston affiliate WBZ, Thompson – who played football with Hernandez in college – was questioned about a party he invited Hernandez to in Florida. The party took place around the same time Hernandez is accused of shooting his then-friend Alexander Bradley in the face.

Thompson testified that Bradley was also present at the party in February 2013.

Hernandez is also charged with witness intimidation for allegedly shooting Bradley, who prosecutors said was with Hernandez at the time of the murders.

Also on the stand Monday was club promoter Jeff London, who said he often took care of celebrities when they visited his clubs and who was working as the VIP host at Cure Lounge in July 2012 on the morning of the double murder.

London testified that Hernandez visited Boston clubs on a weekly basis and there were several times the NFL star had to be “calmed down.”

Jonathan Hernandez – a 30-year-old former college football star – is expected to take the stand as a witness for the prosecution Tuesday.

It is not clear what prosecutors hope the current high school football coach will contribute to the case against his brother Aaron.

Jonathan Hernandez was a standout quarterback and team captain of the University of Connecticut Huskies and is currently the head coach at Ledyard High School in their home state of Connecticut.


Attorneys said last week they expected the jurors to get the case April 6 or 7.