Additionally, jurors found Hernandez not guilty of witness intimidation for allegedly shooting his former friend and star prosecution witness Aaron Bradley in the face.
Jurors will return to Suffolk Superior Court on Friday for a sixth day of deliberations in the double murder trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
The decision comes two years after another MA jury found the former National Football League tight end guilty of murdering an acquaintance in an industrial park near his home in June 2013. "They want you to say he's a celebrity, he's different from us", Baez told the jury in his closing argument.
Hernandez, now 27, was a rising star in the National Football League when he was arrested in 2013 and charged with murdering acquaintance Odin Lloyd. Both he and Gomes-Sanches testified against Hernandez, though neither could positively identify him in court as the shooter.
Though Friday's verdict has no impact on that conviction, the Associated Press reports that emotions still ran high in the Boston courtroom.
The defense team pointed the finger at Alexander Bradley, a close friend of Hernandez who was with him the night of the shootings.
The only charge Hernandez was found guilty on by this jury was unlawful gun possession and was sentenced to 4-5 years in state prsion for that.
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Prosecutors said Hernandez opened fire on the men's vehicle because he felt disrespected when one of them bumped into him and spilled his drink at a Boston nightclub.
Conley said Friday that prosecutors would not go after Bradley in the killings because they believe they already charged the right person.
Hernandez wept quietly in court after the jury announcement.
Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, fiancee of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, sits in the courtroom with the couple's daughter during jury deliberations in Hernandez's double-murder trial.
Authorities said Hernandez fired five shots from a revolver into the auto carrying de Abreu and Furtado.
"We based our decision on the evidence presented and the law", Stringer said.
The seven women and five men of the jury began deliberating April 7.