Kraft, Patriots named co-defendants in Hernandez suit

Kraft, Patriots named co-defendants in Hernandez suit
June 20, 2014, 7:00 am
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Robert Kraft and the Patriots continue to be drawn into the Aaron Hernandez murder cases.

Days after Hernandez' attorneys requested permission to subpoena documents from the team in regards to the ex-tight end's alleged 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, both Kraft and the Patriots were named as defendants in a lawsuit filed by the family of a man Hernandez is accused of murdering in 2012.

The family of Daniel de Abreu, one of two men Hernandez allegedly shot and killed after a confrontation in Boston night club in July 2012, named the Patriots and Kraft as "reach and apply defendants" in a wrongful death suit against Hernandez. In the suit, the family is seeking $3 million it says Kraft and the Patriots owe Hernandez from the five-year, $40 million deal he signed with the Pats weeks after the killings.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the murders of de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, whom prosecutors say were stalked and gunned down by Hernandez after de Abreu spilled a drink on Hernandez and failed to apologize for it in the night club.

He has also pleaded not guilty to the murder of Lloyd.