Though the Massachusetts Department of Correction issued a statement this morning ruling former Patriots TE, Aaron Hernandez’s death suicide by hanging, his lawyer, Jose Baez, believes otherwise, claiming Hernandez may have been murdered in his cell.
Per TMZ Sports, Baez issued his own statement on behalf of Hernandez’s ‘devastated’ family, urging an investigation be launched, as they ‘aren’t buying the suicide story.’ Baez believes inmates or prison staff may have orchestrated the murder of his client, who had just been acquitted of his 2012 double murder charges on April 14.
Though the 27-year-old was already serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the murder of semi-pro baller Odin Lloyd, in 2013, he hadn’t shown any signs of being suicidal.
A spokesman for the DOC, Christopher Fallon, reported that the body of Hernandez was found a little after 3 a.m. ET Wednesday and pronounced dead an hour later at the nearby hospital.
#PressPlay above to see Baez speak on Hernandez’s April 14 acquittal and read his formal statement below on his death.
Aaron Hernandez's lawyer: "No conversations or correspondence … that would have indicated anything like this was possible." pic.twitter.com/RGhRnIboc3
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