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Former New England Patriots player Michael Hernandez pleaded not guilty to charges of mυrdering two men after they allegedly spilled Hernandez’s drink.
Hernandez is accused of gunning down the two men in 2012 after they accidentally bumped into him at a night club.
Hernandez was held without bail after the hearing at Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday.
Prosecutors explained that Hernandez gunned down Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after an incident at Cure Lounge on Tremont Street. A third victim was wounded.
Prosecutor Patrick Haggan says the men had not met Hernandez prior to the night in question.
“In fact, none of the victims recognized the defendant as someone they had seen before, either in person or otherwise,” Haggan said during the court hearing.
Then Haggan described how the events transpired.
“Shortly thereafter, Daneil de Abreu, while dancing nearby, accidentally bumped into the defendant, causing the defendant’s drink to partially spill. The defendant became angered and increasingly agitated, particularly after Mr. de Abreu smiled and did not apologize,” Haggan said.
Haggan also says that there was no verbal or physical altercation between de Abreu and Hernandez prior to the shoοting.
According to Haggan, Hernandez assumed that de Abreu had intentionally bumped into him.
“At some point, the evidence suggests they pulled over on a street nearby. There, the defendant opened the hood of the SUV and retrieved the loaded, .38 caliber revolver that he had placed there earlier that night,” Haggan said.