Aaron Hernandez could face death penalty if feds get involved in case

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The next step in the trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez could be a devastating one for his team. While more evidence is being put together that ties Hernandez to the 2012 double-murder of Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu as he awaits trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, the feds could decide to eventually get involved which would be bad news.

If the feds get involved in the case, Hernandez could very well be facing the death penalty, because the case crosses state lines.

Attorney Jack Furlong spoke with Pro Football Talk on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network about what could be next for Hernandez.

“If this was a murder of a witness or someone who knew something about the earlier murder, then this case becomes potentially a death penalty case and a federal proceeding,” Furlong said about the belief that Hernandez may have pulled the trigger known Lloyd knew about the previous murders.  ”Remember, Massachusetts does not have the death penalty.  The United States government does. . . .  This case . . . went across state lines repeatedly between Florida, Connecticut and Massachusetts.  It could go federal in a heartbeat.”

This is obviously not what Hernandez and his team want to hear, but it is the harsh reality of the trouble they face.

Hernandez was living a double-life that deceived many people including his former employer and it looks like he could ultimately be paying the ultimate price for some of the mistakes he made in his past.

Topics: Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots

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