Thursday's indictments on former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez's connection to a 2012 double murder in Boston were the result of testimony from more than two dozen witnesses and over 80 exhibits presented to a grand jury, Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said Thursday.
Hernandez was indicted Thursday on in connection with the homicide deaths of Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreau, 29, and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, 28 in Boston's South End in July 2012.
"Today's indictments represent nearly two years of investigation by these police and prosecutors and others in Boston and beyond," Conley stated. "They're the result of testimony from more than two dozen witnesses and over 80 exhibits presented to the grand jury starting on July 17, 2012, and continuing through this morning. The transcripts of the grand jury investigation amount to more than 1,200 pages."
The indictments also allege three counts of armed assault with intent to murder, as well as one count of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, Conley said.
"These indictments reflect shots fired at three surviving victims who were in the car with Mr. de Abreu and Mr. Furtado at the time of the homicides," Conley said. "Those victims are one man who was struck but not called and two more men who escaped physical injury. The indictments further charge Hernandez with unlawfully possessing the .38 calibar Smith and Wesson revolver he allegedly used in the attack."
Conley said the grand jury returned an additional indictment that alleges Hernandez's cousin, Tanya Singleton, with criminal contempt of court.
The arraignments in Suffolk Superior Court for Hernandez and Singleton are expected to be announced at a later date.
Hernandez has also been charged with the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro. He is accused of shooting Lloyd along with two associates near an industrial park in the area of Hernandez's home, and was indicted in that case by a grand jury on six charges.