Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

In death, Hernandez's murder conviction likely to be tossed

In death, Hernandez's murder conviction likely to be tossed

Aaron Hernandez, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, was found dead early Wednesday morning inside his prison cell.

What we do know is that the former National Football League star was found dead in his prison cell in what has been reported as a suicide. "There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible".

But because of an obscure legal principle, Aaron Hernandez's death during the appeal process means he dies innocent of the 2013 murder in the eyes of the law. Hernandez hung himself and was pronounced dead at a MA hospital early today, according to officials.

Hernandez, 27, was found hanged in his cell by corrections officers at the Souza Barnowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., at 3:05 a.m. and died an hour later at a almost hospital.

Before taking his own life, Hernandez reportedly blocked his cell door from the inside - jamming it with some of his personal items.

At the time of his death, Hernandez was serving a life sentence without parole in a MA prison after he was found guilty of the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd.

Here is the full statement from the Department of Corrections.

Fallon said he was not aware of any suicide note.

Hernandez was the only person in the cell.

Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins was his high school sweetheart and they grew up in Bristol, Connecticut together.

The New England Patriots learned of former tight end Aaron Hernandez's apparent suicide as they prepared to go to the White House to celebrate their fifth Super Bowl title.

"Especially after him getting acquitted of the double murder".

There was no immediate comment from the Patriots, who were later Wednesday due to meet President Donald Trump at the White House as the reigning champions of the premier American football championship.

I thought of the family of Odin Lloyd, the semi-pro linebacker who in 2013 was found dead in a gravel pit about a mile from Hernandez's North Attleborough, Massachusetts, home. I kept trying to picture him pumping bullets into his dying friend Lloyd, and it was a very hard place to get to. You've got a heart. His defense attorney said, "You could tell that he was relieved as well".

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, a college teammate of Hernandez's, said on Instagram: "To my friend my brother!" It just doesn't add up.

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