Murder victims' families allowed to freeze up to $5M of Hernandez mansion's worth


BOSTON ( -- The families of Boston murder victims Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado will be allowed to freeze up to $5 million from Aaron Hernandez's North Attleborough home.

According to the Boston Herald, the families will be allowed to freeze up to $5 million of the mansion's worth, but they lost their request to block the Patriots from paying the ex-tight end a $3 million signing bonus.

Under the decision, Hernandez is blocked from selling or transferring his home.

On July 2,  an attorney for the New England Patriots said the team terminated its contract with Hernandez shortly after he was charged last year in the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. He said the team does not believe it owes Hernandez a $3.25 million contract signing bonus.

"The Patriots believe under the terms of that contract that they owe not another penny to Mr. Hernandez," Attorney Andrew Phelan said during a hearing in Suffolk Superior Court.

Hernandez is charged with murder in the 2012 shooting deaths of de Abreu and Furtado. Their families have filed a civil wrongful death suit against him.

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