Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction could be thrown out because he was still in the process of an appeal at the time of his apparent suicide, legal experts in MA said.
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Hernandez played three seasons with the Patriots as a valued tight end. It's not clear what they may have discussed.
Officials said Hernandez used a bed sheet to hang himself in his jail cell. Guards found Hernandez shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.
The Massachusetts State Police are on scene and the investigation is ongoing.
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Christopher Fallon, the Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Communications of the Massachusetts Department of Correction, sent out a message after Hernandez's death on Wednesday. However, the disgraced footballer was JUST acquitted in a double murder case and his lawyer was confident that Hernandez's other murder conviction would be overturned. He was convicted and sentenced to life without parole.
Hernandez leaves behind his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, and their 4-year-old daughter, Avielle. Prosecutors claimed Hernandez opened fire at Abreu and Furtado's vehicle while it was stopped at a red light in Boston because he was angry that one of them spilled a drink on him at a club.
The New England Patriots, the Super Bowl LI champions, are scheduled to visit the White House this afternoon to meet with President Donald Trump.
Earlier in the day, Daniel Bennett, the state's Secretary of Public Safety and Security, issued a statement saying that the medical examiner is still investigating the circumstances of Hernandez's death and will release the brain to BU once that investigation is finished. He signed a five-year contract worth $40 million with the team in August of 2012.
Attorney Jose Baez, who successfully defended Hernandez in his most recent trial, said on Thursday that the state's Chief Medical Examiner's Office had turned over Hernandez's remains to his family but retained his brain. "Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence", he said.
"We are heartbroken and we are determined to find the truth".
An autopsy will be performed in Boston to determine the "cause and manner of death", according to a statement released by Worcester County DA Joseph Early.
Friends were grieving in CT, where Hernandez was raised.
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