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Former New England Patriots Tight End Faces Double-Murder Charge

Key Witness Continues Testimony in Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial

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    A former friend of Aaron Hernandez who claims the former Patriots tight end shot him in the face took the stand again Wednesday in Hernandez's double murder trial.

    (Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017)

    Lawyers for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez continued to question the prosecution's star witness against Hernandez in his double-murder trial on Wednesday.

    Attorney Jose Baez grilled Alexander Bradley on Tuesday about his claim that Hernandez killed two men after one of them accidentally spilled his drink at a Boston nightclub in 2012. Bradley said Hernandez opened fire while Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado waited at a stoplight.

    Under cross-examination, Bradley acknowledged that he has sold drugs for about 17 years. Baez contended during opening statements that Bradley - not Hernandez - shot the men over a drug deal.

    Bradley returned to the stand on Wednesday, as the defense attempted to convince jurors that he is actually the one who pulled the trigger.

    Bradley and Hernandez were once close friends. Hernandez is also charged with witness intimidation and accused of shooting Bradley in the face because he feared Bradley would tell authorities about the slayings.

    Baez argued Wednesday that Bradley doesn't deserve immunity from prosecution because his eyewitness account is not trustworthy. He said there are too many discrepancies in Bradley's story.

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    The trial was briefly put on hold Wednesday as the judge investigated whether a juror posted about the case online.

    Shortly after 2 p.m., Judge Jeffrey Locke ordered TV cameras shut off and excused jurors while he attempts to find out whether or not a member of the jury posted a message about the trial proceedings on Reddit.

    "Today, I watched a common street thug absolutely destroy high profile attorney Jose Baez on cross. despite multiple efforts of Baez to stall regain his composure," the message reads. When someone else tells the person to "stop redditing from the jury room," the person goes on to identify themselves as "Juror 8."

    After about a 30-minute recess, court resumed. Judge Locke did not say whether the juror made the post, but did remind jurors of the rules about not discussing the case.

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