Key dates in the Aaron Hernandez saga

Key dates in the Aaron Hernandez saga

BOSTON -- Key dates in the case of Aaron Hernandez:

  • June 8, 2010: Hernandez, a standout tight end drafted from the University of Florida, signs a four-year contract with the New England Patriots.
  • Jan. 1, 2012: He sets a career best with 138 receiving yards in a win over Buffalo.
  • July 16, 2012: Two men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, are shot to death in their car as they wait at a red light in Boston's South End neighborhood.
  • Aug. 27, 2012: Hernandez signs a five-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots.
  • February 2013: An associate, Alexander Bradley, is shot in the face in Florida. Bradley files a lawsuit alleging that Hernandez shot him after they argued at a strip club.
  • June 17, 2013: The body of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee, is found about a mile from Hernandez's mansion in North Attleboro.
  • June 26, 2013: Hernandez is arrested on a murder charge in Lloyd's slaying and taken from his home in handcuffs. He later pleads not guilty. The Patriots release him hours after his arrest.
  • May 15, 2014: Hernandez is indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the shootings of de Abreu and Furtado. His lawyers say he is innocent.
  • May 28, 2014: Hernandez pleads not guilty to charges in connection with the deaths of de Abreu and Furtado. A prosecutor says Hernandez was angry because de Abreu accidentally bumped into him at a nightclub while dancing, spilling his drink.
  • Jan. 9, 2015: Hernandez goes on trial for murder in Lloyd's killing.
  • April 7, 2015: Prosecutors and Hernandez's lawyers present their closing statements and the case goes to the jury.
  • April 15, 2015: Hernandez is convicted of first-degree murder; carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.
  • Feb. 14, 2017: Hernandez goes on trial for murder in the 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
  • April 6, 2017: Prosecutors and Hernandez's lawyers present their closing arguments.
  • April 7, 2017: The jury begins deliberating.
  • April 14, 2017: Hernandez acquitted of murder in the 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
  • April 19, 2017: Hernandez found hanging by a bed sheet in his prison cell, dies at hospital.

Report: Giants, Blount have 'mutual interest'

Report: Giants, Blount have 'mutual interest'

The Patriots’ offseason activity with regard to running backs essentially ended LeGarrette Blount’s time in New England. Now he’s looking for his next team. 

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, there is “mutual interest” between Blount and the Giants. 

Blount played last season on a one-year, $1 million in New England. Though he is coming off a career-best 1,161 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, the 30-year-old’s spot on New England’s roster disappeared with the team’s acquisitions of Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee. 

The Patriots officially acquired Gillislee on a two-year contract Monday when the Bills declined to match New England’s contract offer to the restricted free agent. By declining to match, the Bills received a fifth-round pick from the Pats for the 26-year-old. 
 

Felger: How Patriots can get their draft picks back

Felger: How Patriots can get their draft picks back

Mike Felger has found a way for the New England Patriots to get their picks back.