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With Aaron Hernandez found guilty, what’s next?

Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty in the killing of Odin L. Lloyd, but he still faces two murder charges in Boston.

Hernandez also still faces a lawsuit in the death of Lloyd, who was found shot near the athlete’s North Attleborough home — one of several cases still pending.

Here’s a look at the issues that remain to be resolved after the jury’s decision in Fall River.


Because he was convicted of first-degree murder, Bristol Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh sentenced Hernandez to mandatory life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Charges against two associates

Two other men, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, have also been charged with first-degree murder in Lloyd’s death. They have both pleaded not guilty.


Wallace and Ortiz figured prominently in the trial of Hernandez, with prosecutors and defense attorneys sparring over whether Hernandez or his associates instigated Lloyd’s killing.

Defense attorneys acknowledged Hernandez was there when Lloyd was shot, but said he was a shocked witness to a spontaneous act. Prosecutors said in closing arguments that Hernandez was the driving force behind the killing and that he pulled the trigger.

Two more first-degree murder allegations

Hernandez still faces two murder charges in Suffolk County.

He is accused of killing two men in 2012 after one of them allegedly bumped into Hernandez at a Boston nightclub. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

A judge in November pushed back the Suffolk murder trial until the Fall River case was completed. The Suffolk judge did not set a specific date, but said the trial could held be as soon as August, depending on the length of the first trial.

Prosecutors have alleged that Hernandez ambushed and shot Daniel Abreu and his friend Safiro Furtado after Abreu bumped into him while dancing at Cure Lounge, causing the then high-profile football player to spill some of his drink.


Prosecutors have alleged that Hernandez felt disrespected and at 2:30 a.m. followed the BMW Abreu was driving, then fired five shots, killing both men in the city’s South End.

Civil matters

Hernandez faces wrongful death lawsuits in the killings of Lloyd, Abreu, and Furtado. Last summer, at the request of Lloyd’s family, a judge placed a $5 million lien on Hernandez’s North Attleborough home.

Alexander Bradley, a former friend of Hernandez, also has sued Hernandez. In a suit filed in federal court in Florida, Bradley claimed that Hernandez shot him during a trip to in Florida in 2012. Bradley testified against Hernandez in the Fall River trial, but was not allowed to mention the shooting. He may appear in as a prosecution witness in Hernandez’s Boston murder trial.

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