Prosecutors say the gun that was used in the alleged 2012 double murder committed by Aaron Hernandez was recovered by police in Longmeadow following a June 2013 car accident on Interstate 91 northbound - news that was broken exclusively by CBS 3 Springfield.
State prosecutors in Boston say the former New England Patriot gunned down the two men in their car in July 2012 after one of them accidentally bumped into him at a Boston nightclub and spilled his drink.
During Hernandez's arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston on Wednesday afternoon, prosecutors confirmed that the weapon found in Longmeadow was the weapon used in the killings. The weapon was located in a car driven by a woman from Bristol, CT, which was Hernandez's hometown.
Hernandez denied the charges and pleaded not guilty in the shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado during his arraignment. Two rear passengers escaped as shots were fired, and one of them was wounded.
Prosecutors say Hernandez became agitated and told a friend that de Abreu had bumped him on purpose. Prosecutors say Hernandez later tracked down de Abreu and his friends and opened fire on their car from a Toyota 4Runner SUV, which was later discovered in Connecticut. The car was registered to a car dealership, according to prosecutors.
Hernandez already faces charges in the 2013 killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez's attorney called the prosecutor's account of the 2012 shooting an attempt to poison the jury pool.
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