Ex-NFL star not guilty of murders

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been found not guilty of a 2012 double murder. Picture: AP

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FORMER New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has wept quietly in court after a jury announcement acquitting him of a Boston double slaying.

The jury announced its verdict overnight in the 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after deliberating for six days.

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez. Picture: AP

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez. Picture: APSource:AP

Aaron Hernandez during his first trial. Picture: Getty

Aaron Hernandez during his first trial. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images

Prosecutors said the killings were fuelled by Hernandez’s anger over a spilt drink at a nightclub.

They said Hernandez opened fire on the men’s car because he felt disrespected when one of them bumped into him and spilt his drink.

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez during his playing days. Picture: Supplied

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez during his playing days. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Hernandez had denied killing the men.

The 27-year-old Hernandez is already serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

Odin Lloyd, 27, was the boyfriend of Shaneah Jenkins, whose sister, Shayanna, is engaged to Aaron Hernandez. Picture: AP

Odin Lloyd, 27, was the boyfriend of Shaneah Jenkins, whose sister, Shayanna, is engaged to Aaron Hernandez. Picture: APSource:AP

Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, fiancee of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, sits in the courtroom with the couple's daughter during jury deliberations. Picture: AP

Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, fiancee of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, sits in the courtroom with the couple’s daughter during jury deliberations. Picture: APSource:AP

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez smiles at the sight of his fiancee Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, who brought the couple's daughter to court. Picture: AP

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez smiles at the sight of his fiancee Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, who brought the couple’s daughter to court. Picture: APSource:AP

The jury in the Lloyd case deliberated for 36 hours over seven days before convicting Hernandez of first-degree murder in April 2015.

He was handed a life sentence for the murder.

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez back in his playing days. Picture: Getty

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez back in his playing days. Picture: GettySource:Supplied

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