Report: Aaron Hernandez Could Face Death Penalty If Federal Charges Are Filed, Lawyer Says

Aaron Hernandez could be facing murder charges in two different cases in two different counties, and that’s bad news for the former Patriots tight end.

Beyond the murder of Odin Lloyd that Hernandez has already been charged with, he is also still under investigation in a 2012 double homicide, with a grand jury in Suffolk County, Mass., considering whether or not to indict him, according to Pro Football Talk. However, if it turns out that there’s a connection between the two incidents, that could literally be a death sentence 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,” attorney Jack Furlong told Pro Football Talk. “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.”

Lloyd may have known about the 2012 double murder, according to Pro Football Talk, citing unnamed reports.

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