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A look at key moments for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, March 15, 2017, file photo, Defendant Aaron Hernandez listens during his double murder trial in Suffolk Superior Court, in Boston. Massachusetts prison officials said Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital early Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, Pool, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, March 15, 2017, file photo, Defendant Aaron Hernandez listens during his double murder trial in Suffolk Superior Court, in Boston. Massachusetts prison officials said Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital early Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, file photo, the Florida Gators, from left, Aaron Hernandez (81), Louis Murphy (9) and Butch Rowley (37) celebrate after receiving the SEC Championship Trophy following a 31-20 win over top-ranked Alabama in the Southeastern Conference Championship NCAA college football game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Massachusetts prisons officials said. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, file photo, the Florida Gators, from left, Aaron Hernandez (81), Louis Murphy (9) and Butch Rowley (37) celebrate after receiving the SEC Championship Trophy following a 31-20 win over top-ranked Alabama in the Southeastern Conference Championship NCAA college football game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Massachusetts prisons officials said. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)  (The Associated Press)

Key dates in the case of Aaron Hernandez:

— June 8, 2010: Hernandez, a standout tight end drafted from the University of Florida, signs a four-year contract with the New England Patriots.

— Jan. 1, 2012: He sets a career best with 138 receiving yards in a win over Buffalo.

— July 16, 2012: Two men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, are shot to death in their car as they wait at a red light in Boston's South End neighborhood.

— Aug. 27, 2012: Hernandez signs a five-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots.

— February 2013: An associate, Alexander Bradley, is shot in the face in Florida. Bradley files a lawsuit alleging that Hernandez shot him after they argued at a strip club.

— June 17, 2013: The body of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee, is found about a mile from Hernandez's mansion in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.

— June 26, 2013: Hernandez is arrested on a murder charge in Lloyd's slaying and taken from his home in handcuffs. He later pleads not guilty. The Patriots release him hours after his arrest.

— May 15, 2014: Hernandez is indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the shootings of de Abreu and Furtado. His lawyers say he is innocent.

— May 28, 2014: Hernandez pleads not guilty to charges in connection with the deaths of de Abreu and Furtado. A prosecutor says Hernandez was angry because de Abreu accidentally bumped into him at a nightclub while dancing, spilling his drink.

— Jan. 9, 2015: Hernandez goes on trial for murder in Lloyd's killing.

— April 7, 2015: Prosecutors and Hernandez's lawyers present their closing statements and the case goes to the jury.

— April 15, 2015: Hernandez is convicted of first-degree murder; carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.

— Feb. 14, 2017: Hernandez goes on trial for murder in the 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

— April 6, 2017: Prosecutors and Hernandez's lawyers present their closing arguments.

— April 7, 2017: The jury begins deliberating.

— April 14, 2017: Hernandez acquitted of murder in the 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

— April 19, 2017: Hernandez found hanging by a bed sheet in his prison cell, dies at hospital.