Worcester County DA: Hernandez’s death ruled as suicide
The State Medical Examiner has ruled Aaron Hernandez’s death a suicide.
The autopsy results were made public Thursday. The Worcester District Attorney reporting that there were no signs of struggle and that the 27-year-old was alone at the time of his death.
Inside of the former Patriot’s cell investigators found a bible and three hand written notes.
Our Boston affiliate WCVB reports those letters were for his finance, daughter and legal team. They report the notes did not offer a reason for Hernandez’s death, but did emphasize his love for his family.
"Anytime anybody kills themselves in a prison something clearly went wrong," said Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
State Police found cardboard jammed into the door tracks of Hernandez’s cell.
He was discovered hanging from a bed sheet shortly after 3 a.m. on Wednesday.
ABC News reports the bible verse John 3:16 was written on his forehead.
"We are investigating everything. We are not rejecting anything. We are keeping all of our options open which is what everyone else should be doing,” said Defense Attorney Jose Baez.
Baez held a press conference outside of the medical examiners office hours before the results were made public.
"It is our position that they are holding Aaron Hernandez’s brain illegally,” said Baez.
The former NFL stars family wants wants to donate his brain to Boston University’s for a study. Now that the cause and manner of death have been determined the D.A. says that will happen.
We have not heard from Baez since the autopsy results were released, but he did previously promise an independent investigation casting doubt on the medical examiner’s ability.
“I have serious questions about why they would tell us one thing on one day and do a complete 180 the next,” said Baez.
Hernandez was serving a life sentence after he was convicted of first-degree murder in 2015 in the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro.
Hernandez was found not guilty in the 2012 death of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado on Friday April 14, 2017.
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