Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell April 18, only days after his acquittal in a double homicide. Hernandez's defense attorney Jose Baez, however, believes that his client may not have committed suicide at all, according to TMZ. He is launching an investigation on behalf of the Hernandez family to look into the circumstances of the former NFL player's death, believing that he may have been murdered.
Hernandez, 27, was found at around 3 a.m. hanging in his cell in the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Massachusetts, CNN reports. A statement from the correctional facility confirms that he hung himself from his cell window with a bed sheet.
He was alone in his cell and "attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items."
Hernandez was the former tight-end for the New England Patriots. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2013 for the murder of Odin Llyod, a semipro football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. In 2014, he was charged with the murder of two men who were killed in a drive-by shooting in Boston. On April 14, he was found not guilty.
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"This is a shocking and sad end to a very tragic series of events that has negatively impacted a number of families," said District Attorney and Thomas Quinn, who acted as prosecutor in the Llyod case.
Baez says that the family is "devastated" and simply cannot believe that Hernandez would commit suicide, saying that he was in a good emotional place because of his recent acquittal.
The lawyer will be looking into the possibility that Hernandez was murdered by a fellow inmate or a possible guard.