Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a charge accusing him of shooting a man in the face and leaving him to die in connection with a 2012 case for which the former NFL star faces double-murder charges.
Already serving a sentence of life in prison for the murder of Odin Lloyd, Hernandez has been charged with witness intimidation in the shooting of former associate Alexander Bradley, who is said to have witnessed the killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safrio Furtado.
A grand jury indicted Hernandez on the latest charge Friday, according to the office of Suffolk County Dist. Atty. Daniel Conley.
"Hernandez allegedly shot him in the face on the morning of Feb. 13, 2013, and left him to die on the side of the road in Riviera Beach, Florida, after the witness made a remark about the homicides," office spokesman Jake Wark said Monday in a statement that did not identify Bradley by name.
Prosecutors have said Bradley was in the car with Hernandez on the night of the drive-by shooting of De Abreu and Furtado. In a civil suit, Bradley accused Hernandez of shooting him in the eye in February 2013. Prosecutors in the Lloyd case said in a filing during that trial that Bradley made "disrespectful remarks" about Hernandez while riding in a car driven by the former New England Patriots tight end.
“Shortly thereafter, the car pulled over in an isolated industrial area, where Bradley was shot between the eyes. The defendant exited the car and quickly dumped Bradley's body on the ground before fleeing the scene,” a filing from the Bristol district attorney's office said.
Bradley survived the alleged incident but lost an eye.
If convicted, Hernandez could be sentenced to 10 years in state prison. He faces numerous other charges in the De Abreu-Furtado case, including two counts of first-degree murder.