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Mass. legal principle could overturn murder conviction after Hernandez death

21 April 2017, 03:24 | Charlene Valdez

Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots football player, was found hanged to death in his prison cell in MA early today, the State Corrections Department reports.

The body of the 27-year-old former athlete was found hanging from a bed sheet at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.

Authorities offered few answers after Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet Wednesday in his cell in a maximum-security prison in MA, where he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 slaying of a onetime friend.

Attorney William Kennedy said the joint wrongful death lawsuit filed by the families of de Abreu and Furtado against Hernandez will proceed against his estate. "Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence", Baez said in a statement. But in reality, Hernandez's death could ultimately trigger a series of legal actions on the part of his family in the coming months and years. The former New England Patriots tight end hanged himself from his cell window using a bedsheet, officials said, but that method of suicide is rare in max-security prisons.

A prison spokesman told the Boston Globe that Hernandez had not been on a suicide watch and did not indicate that he meant to harm himself. The spokesman did not respond to requests for comment. Those who knew Hernandez said Wednesday they doubted he would commit suicide. "Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items". "Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life", wrote Brian Murphy, one of Hernandez's agents.


The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released Hernandez's body Wednesday "but withheld some tissue including his brain until the cause and manner of death was determined", the statement read. He had "God forgives" tattooed on one of his arms next to an image of a gun, a tattoo that prosecutors contended was a confession during Hernandez's double murder trial earlier this year.

Hernandez, a former National Football League tight end, was serving a life sentence for killing Odin Lloyd in 2013.

Hernandez was appealing the verdict. She believes the Patriots' visit with President Donald Trump may have been a trigger. As the jury was deliberating last week, cameras spied Hernandez blowing kisses to the young daughter he fathered with fiancée Shayanna Jenkins.

His death left friends, family and his legal team in disbelief, searching for an explanation.



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