Aaron Hernandez could face death penalty

Aaron Hernandez is led out of the North Attleborough police station after being arrested June 26,...

Aaron Hernandez is led out of the North Attleborough police station after being arrested June 26, 2013. (DOMINICK REUTER/Reuters)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:16 PM ET

Football players and coaches are always talking about execution, execution and execution.

But for Aaron Hernandez the term is starting to take on a whole different meaning.

For the former Patriots’ star tight end, execution isn’t about pass routes or blocking assignments anymore. It’s about life and, perhaps eventually, the death penalty.

Two separate grand juries in Massachusetts are considering whether to indict Hernandez — one for the June 2013 murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, the other for the July 2012 murders of Safiro Furtado and Dan Abreu.

Massachusetts does not have a death penalty. But the United States government does and, if the case goes federal, as attorney Jack Furlong told NBCSN on Thursday, Hernandez could be arguing for his life.

“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 explained.

There have been reports that Odin may have known something about the 2012 double killings. “This case ... went across state lines repeatedly between Florida, Connecticut and Massachusetts. It could go federal in a heartbeat,” said Furlong.


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