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Former Aaron Hernandez associate drops Fla. lawsuit

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Alexander Bradley pointed to a scar on his face caused by a gunshot wound he said was inflicted by Aaron Hernandez in 2013 during Hernandez’s 2017 double murder trial in Boston.
Alexander Bradley pointed to a scar on his face caused by a gunshot wound he said was inflicted by Aaron Hernandez in 2013 during Hernandez’s 2017 double murder trial in Boston.AP/Associated Press

Alexander Bradley, the star prosecution witness in the double murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, is no longer suing police in Florida.

In a brief court filing Tuesday in federal court in Miami, lawyers for Bradley and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office said Bradley was dropping "with prejudice ... all claims against Defendants Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and Officers John and Jane Doe."

Bradley had claimed in the civil suit that the sheriff's office violated his privacy by providing CNN with pictures of him recovering in a Florida hospital in February 2013 after Hernandez allegedly shot him in the face. The images later aired in a CNN documentary about Hernandez.

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No reason was given in Tuesday's court filing for the dismissal. The hospital and CNN were previously dismissed as defendants in the lawsuit.

Bradley testified earlier this year at Hernandez's double murder trial in Boston. He told jurors that he watched Hernandez fatally shoot Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu in a drive-by ambush in the South End in July 2012.

He also said Hernandez shot him in the face several months later in Florida.

Hernandez was acquitted of the murders in April and also cleared of a witness intimidation charge stemming from the alleged Florida shooting. Days after the acquittal, Hernandez, 27, hanged himself in his prison cell, where he had been serving a life term for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

Bradley had also sued Hernandez in Florida, seeking damages for the alleged shooting in that state. The two settled last year. Terms were not disclosed.

After the Florida incident, the pair engaged in a lengthy, bizarre text correspondence that included professions of love, threats of litigation and damaging media exposure, and Bradley's boast that he had guns and a cadre of "wolves" ready to help him exact revenge on Hernandez.

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During the double murder trial, Bradley admitted to a long career as a drug dealer and said he regularly supplied Hernandez with marijuana.

Defense lawyers argued that Bradley shot Furtado and de Abreu, and that someone other than Hernandez shot Bradley in Florida over a botched drug deal. Bradley is currently serving a prison term in Connecticut for firing shots into a crowded Hartford club in 2014, after another man shot him in the groin outside the establishment.

Bradley, 35, is slated to be released no later than Jan. 22, 2019.


Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.