Wrongful death lawsuit against ex-NFL star’s estate in court

BOSTON (AP) – A wrongful death lawsuit filed against the estate of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was back in court on Tuesday for a status hearing.

Hernandez was accused of gunning down Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in 2012. The former New England Patriots tight end was acquitted of the killings in April. Days later, he hanged himself in his prison cell. He was serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

After Hernandez’s death, the families of de Abreu and Furtado said they would continue to pursue their wrongful death claims against Hernandez’s estate. The attorneys said they may also try to recover money from the New England Patriots.

An attorney for Hernandez’s estate said he has identified less than a million dollars in the estate. He said the pending sale of Hernandez’s former home in North Attleboro also fell through.

Lloyd’s mother has said she will continue to pursue a separate wrongful death lawsuit against Hernandez’s estate.

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