As Aaron Hernandez heads back to court today for a hearing in connection with the murder charge he is facing, a Suffolk County (Mass.) grand jury is hearing evidence from prosecutors seeking to charge him in the 2012 shooting deaths of two men, the Boston Globe reports.
“The case against Hernandez appears to be strengthening,” said one of two law-enforcement officials who were sources for the Globe story. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.
Last July, Safira Furtado and Daniel Abreu were shot to death when a sport utility vehicle with Rhode Island plates pulled up beside their car and opened fire. A lawyer for Hernandez did not return the Globe’s messages seeking comment on the grand jury report.
Hernandez, who has been in custody since his June 26 arrest, has entered a not-guilty plea to the killing of Lloyd and, while he is in an Attleboro court today for a probable cause hearing, his former team is preparing for the 2013 season without its tight end. New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick is scheduled to speak to the media at the same time as the hearing and will be making his first comments on the arrest and most likely following his quarterback’s cue.
“I have moved on,” Tom Brady told Peter King at MMQBSI.com. “I’m focusing on the great teammates I have who are committed to helping us win games. The only thing I care about is winning. Nothing is going to ever get in the way of that goal. I’m just excited to report to camp and see what we can accomplish as a team. The fate of our season will be determined by the players in our locker room — nothing else.”
But Brady has never been in the position of having a former teammate being charged with murder — and possibly having played last season after committing murders in July.
“I’ve seen a lot of things over 13 years,” Brady said, “and what I have learned is that mental toughness and putting aside personal agendas for what’s in the best interest of the team matters most. My job is to play quarterback, and I’m going to do that the best way I know how, because I owe that to my teammates regardless of who is out there on the field with me.”