Because Hernandez died before he could complete an appeal of his conviction, that ruling could be vacated.
Another insider said Aaron reportedly planned his death for weeks and had given away most of his possession to other prison inmates. They have not seen them yet, he said.
“We’re very pleased that the court has issued an order that all the evidence be preserved”.
Leontire alludes to negligent supervision, pointing to the seven unaccounted for hours that Hernandez was in his Shirley prison cell before a correction officer found him hanging from a window.
Leontire was harshly critical of state authorities.
The state medical examiner had already completed its own autopsy and ruled Hernandez’s hanging death in prison a suicide. MA prison officials said Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital early Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
“We read in a press release that there were suicide notes”. Hernandez was then rushed to UMass Leominster hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.
The ex-NFL star hanged himself early Wednesday at the maximum-security prison where he was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder.
“There were no signs of a struggle, and investigators determined that Mr. Hernandez was alone at the time.” he wrote.
Questions have been raised over whether guards carried out the proper hourly cellblock checks.
A private service is scheduled at the funeral home Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. Soll said the burial will be private at an undisclosed location.
When Hernandez’s body was discovered this week – the same day his former teammates traveled to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win in February – he had a Bible verse scrawled on his forehead and red ink on his hands and feet, imitating the stigmata.
Another of Hernandez’s lawyers said that he would ask a court to have that murder conviction erased.
Thompson didnt say when hell file the request.
Worcester County district attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
Under Massachusetts law, Hernandez’s conviction could be vacated because he never had the chance to appeal before his death, which means the rest of his National Football League contract and pension could be released to his estate. The state also automatically renders appeals in cases ending in first-degree murder convictions.
The family is seeking the contents of Hernandez’s cell, the bedsheet he used to hang himself, and recordings of emergency phone calls related to his medical treatment, among other items.