The death of Aaron Hernandez has his lawyer calling for a full investigation into what happened to the former Florida football player.
The Massachusetts Department of Correction said Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell early Wednesday morning. Attorney Jose Baez released a statement Wednesday morning asking authorities to “conduct a transparent and thorough investigation” into Hernandez’s death. Baez said “no conversations or correspondence” had made anyone think Hernandez might try to kill himself.
Just received this from Aaron Hernandez's attorney, Jose Baez. His legal team will conduct its own investigation. pic.twitter.com/riCgy3bSjD
— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) April 19, 2017
Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. He hanged himself using a bed sheet attached to his cell window at approximately 3:05 a.m. Wednesday, officials said. The former NFL star also attempted to block the door to keep anyone from getting into the cell. He was pronounced dead at a hospital at 4:07 a.m.
Baez represented Hernandez in a recent double-murder trial, in which Hernandez was found not guilty. Hernandez had been accused of the murders of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu in 2012. Prosecutors said he killed both men in a drive-by shooting after one of the them bumped into Hernandez at a Boston club.
Hernandez played tight end at Florida from 2007-2009. The New England Patriots took him in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.