Aaron Hernandez sued by families of 2012 double shooting victims

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Hernandez was all smiles in court on Feb. 7. (Twitter/@WesleyLowery)
Hernandez was all smiles in court on Feb. 7. (Twitter/@WesleyLowery)

It's going to be a busy year for Aaron Hernandez's attorneys. The former New England Patriots tight end was hit with two separate $6 million wrongful death lawsuits on Wednesday, according to the Boston Globe.

The lawsuits were filed in Suffolk (Mass.) Superior Court by the families of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Both men were shot to death while riding in a car in the early morning hours of July 16, 2012.

Police are investigating Hernandez as the possible shooter in that case and stated as much in an affidavit that was released in January. In the document, authorities said they had "probable cause to believe that Aaron Hernandez was operating the suspect vehicle used in the shooting homicides of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, and may have been the shooter."

The lawsuit that was filed on Wednesday alleges that Hernandez "willfully, recklessly and/or maliciously shot a firearm from inside of his motor vehicle into the motor vehicle" of Furtado and Abreu.

The families of the two victims believe that the shootings were brought on "without provocation or justification."

Besides the two $6 million lawsuits, Hernandez is also facing at least two other suits. The former Patriots tight end is facing a wrongful death lawsuit in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd's family filed the lawsuit in December. Hernandez is also facing a lawsuit in Florida where a man has alleged that Hernandez shot him in the eye after an argument at a strip club.

Hernandez is also dealing with the fallout of a jailhouse altercation that took place this week. The Bristol County Sheriff confirmed that Hernandez beat up an inmate on Tuesday. The 24-year-old has since been moved to isolation where he's expected to spend at least the next 30 days.

The former Patriots tight end has been in jail since June 26 when he was arrested for his possible involvement in the death of Lloyd. Hernandez is facing a total of six charges in the case, including a first-degree murder charge.

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