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  • 16 May 2014, 8:53

Ex-NFL Star Hernandez On Double Murder Charge

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, in jail awaiting trial for a murder last summer, has now been implicated in a previous double killing, according to prosecutors.

They claim the former New England Patriots tight end†had "ambushed and executed" two other men after an encounter at a nightclub.

Hernandez, 24, allegedly shot the victims dead as they sat in a car in Boston on July 16, 2012.

Only a few weeks later, he†signed a five-year deal worth about $40m†(£24m) with the Patriots.

Hernandez was arrested last June and charged with the murder that month of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player.

The one-time gridiron star has denied that murder and is being held without bail.†

His lawyer did not immediately comment on the latest charges.

The victims in the double murder, Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, were shot while stopped at a traffic light by someone in an SUV that pulled up beside them.

Police did not specify the nature of the alleged encounter between Hernandez and the two victims in a nightclub earlier that evening. Surveillance footage showed Hernandez†had been in the venue.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley told the Boston Globe: "For us, this case was not about Aaron Hernandez.

"This case was about two victims, who were stalked, ambushed, and senselessly murdered on the streets of the city they called home."

The body of Mr Lloyd, 27, was found by a jogger on June 17, 2013 in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez' home south of Boston.

Authorities say the victim - who was dating the sister of Hernandez' girlfriend - was killed with a .45-calibre Glock, which has not yet been recovered.

But prosecutors say they have video footage of Hernandez at his home holding what appears to be a Glock handgun in the hours before and just after the killing.

Because of his celebrity status, Hernandez has been segregated from other inmates at the Massachusetts prison where he has been held since his arrest last summer.

But it was reported in February that he had attacked another inmate at the jail.

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