Aaron Hernandez friend arrested in Conn.; ordered to appear before grand jury probing Boston murders

Alexander Bradley was a friend of Aaron Hernandez, but he says Hernandez shot him in the eye.
Alexander Bradley was a friend of Aaron Hernandez, but he says Hernandez shot him in the eye.
Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut man believed to be the right-hand man of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has been arrested and ordered to appear Tuesday before a Massachusetts grand jury that is hearing testimony about an unsolved double murder in July 2012 in Boston.

Alexander Bradley, 31, of East Hartford had been subpoenaed to appear before a Suffolk County grand jury a month and a half ago. He asked for a hearing to argue against having to testify and then never showed up. An arrest warrant was issued for him.

Police announced today he had been taken into custody at his girlfriend’s house in Connecticut.

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He faces charges of violating a protective order taken out by his girlfriend and interfering with police.

Hartford Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander ordered him to appear in Massachusetts to testify before the grand jury.

Law enforcement sources say Suffolk County prosecutors are investigating whether Hernandez was involved in the double murders. Sources have told the Globe that officials believe Bradley has some information about what happened that night.

Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado died in the July 16, 2012, slayings.

Hernandez already faces first-degree murder charges in the slaying of Odin Lloyd, who was found dead June 17 in a North Attleborough industrial park, not far from Hernandez’s home. Bradley testified in July before a grand jury considering that case.

Bradley is the same man who also filed a civil suit in June against Hernandez for allegedly shooting him in the face in February after the two had left a Miami strip club. Bradley lost vision in one eye after the shooting.