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Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez, already serving life in prison, is acquitted in 2 slayings

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez, already serving life in prison, is acquitted in 2 slayings

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who already is serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was acquitted Friday in a 2012 double slaying prosecutors said was fueled by his anger over a spilled drink.

The former tight end for the New England Patriots choked back tears as the verdicts were read in Boston. A few moments later, he looked back at his fiancee and nodded somberly as relatives of the victims sobbed loudly. A defense attorney hugged him.

After six days of deliberations, the jury found Hernandez not guilty of first-degree murder in the killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. It convicted him of a single charge: unlawful possession of a gun. The judge sentenced him...

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