A former friend of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez told the jury at his double-murder trial Monday that Hernandez opened fire on a car because he believed two men inside had taunted him at a Boston nightclub.
Alexander Bradley testified about the shootings on July 16, 2012. Bradley said Hernandez ordered him to pull up next to the victims' car at a stop light, then repeatedly fired a revolver into the car. Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu were killed.
Relatives of the men wept as Bradley testified, prompting Judge Jeffrey Locke to call for a brief recess during Bradley's testimony at Suffolk Superior Court.
Alexander Bradley testified that ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez ordered him to pull up next to two murder victims' car at a stop light, then repeatedly fired a revolver into the car. Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu were killed
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, left, is seated as video surveillance footage is projected on a screen, top right, on Monday
Bradley said Hernandez used a racial epithet and said, 'What's up now n*****s?' before firing.
The former New England Patriots tight end is accused of killing the men after de Abreu accidentally bumped into Hernandez and spilled his drink at the club Cure Lounge.
A man Bradley identified as de Abreu, 29, 'was dancing and he kind of danced his way over to where we were standing.
'He bumped into Mr. Hernandez and some of his drink splashed up on Mr Hernandez and on myself, too - just some drops,' Bradley told the court, according to the Boston Herald.
'Mr. Hernandez got mad. He turned toward the individual. He was upset about it. He turned in a manner that he was going to make a confrontation out of the matter.'
Despite the NFL star's anger, de Abreu 'smirked' and 'laughed' Bradley testified.
The father of three grabbed the Patriots player and tried to leave as 'I knew something was brewing' as 'he was agitated' and 'he didn't really like people staring at him.'
After pulling up to their BMW at a stoplight, he told Bradley to lean back.
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez touches his lip as Alexander Bradley testifies during the murder trial. He allegedly pulled up to a BMW, reached over Bradley with his gun and fired five times
Members of one of the victim's family cried on Monday during testimony about the murders
After a minor incident at a club, Bradley told the court 'I knew something was brewing' as Hernandez 'was agitated' and 'he didn't really like people staring at him.' Hernandez is also charged with witness intimidation for allegedly shooting Bradley in the face months later
Bradley testified the football star reached across him and opened fire on the two men, firing five times.
The two them sped away 'panicked' and Hernandez told Bradley, 'I got one in the head, one in the chest.'
They went home after Hernandez wiped the gun down with his shirt and threw it and the shells out of the window.
'I remember him saying, 'Don't tell anybody'' Bradley said. 'He just said, 'Don't say nothing'.'
Hernandez is also charged with witness intimidation for allegedly shooting Bradley in the face months later after he became worried that Bradley would tell authorities about the earlier shootings.
Bradley lost an eye in the shooting.
He also described what led to that in court.
In the months following the double murder, the tight end became 'extremely paranoid' and instituted a 'no iPhone rule' among friends
Hernandez shot Bradley between the eyes and left him to die after pulling him from the car. His showed his scar and said his right eye is a prosthetic
In February 2013 they went to Florida for a Super Bowl party.
Hernandez became up set when Bradley hypothesized that if some men who looked like police were in fact the authorities, 'it's because of the stupid sh*t you did up in Boston.'
Hernandez got upset, and later on that night while driving, Bradley fell asleep and woke up to 'Hernandez with a gun to my face.'
Hernandez shot Bradley between the eyes and left him to die after pulling him from the car.
His showed the court his scar and said his right eye is a prosthetic.
He survived, and promised himself he would get revenge. He didn't cooperate with authorities at the time or tell anyone Hernandez shot him, instead blaming the injury on two black men.
He then called Aaron.
'He was definitely surprised when he heard from me,' Bradley said. 'He definitely didn't think I was alive still.'
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.
During opening statements to the jury, his lawyer pointed the finger at Bradley, saying he shot Furtado and de Abreu over a drug deal.
Bradley is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for shooting up a bar in Hartford, Connecticut, in 2014. No one was hurt.
Hernandez is already serving a life sentence in the 2013 fatal shooting of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player.
Alexander Bradley, left, is shown photographs as he is questioned by assistant district attorney Patrick Haggan, right, while testifying