Aaron Hernandez Apparently Committed Suicide in His Cell
Former Patriots tight end AARON HERNANDEZ died yesterday after hanging himself in his prison cell. He was 27. His body was found early in the morning in his solo cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Massachusetts.
He was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, who'd been dating the sister of his fiancée. And just last week, he was found NOT guilty of a separate double murder in 2012.
Prison officials said he'd attempted to block his cell door by jamming stuff into it . . . and hung himself after tying a bedsheet to the window. He had a solo cell, and he wasn't on suicide watch, but he was for a time back in 2015.
The death will be investigated by police, but there was no suicide note. However, he did write a bible verse on his forehead in red ink.
It was John 3:16 . . . quote, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." He'd been a practicing Christian at college, and Tim Tebow was his "life instructor."
There's also a report saying that he'd somehow smoked synthetic marijuana before hanging himself.
For what it's worth, Aaron's lawyer says he would NOT have killed himself . . . and thinks another inmate or someone connected to the prison could've done it. .
There's no proof of anything like that yet though, obviously.
Did Aaron Hernandez Legally Die an Innocent Man?
AARON HERNANDEZ may have been acquitted of that double murder . . . but he WAS convicted of the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Although, his death might actually vacate that conviction.
There's an obscure law on the books in Massachusetts that says Hernandez died an INNOCENT man. Technically
. Because if a defendant dies before ALL of his appeals have been exhausted, then he's not a criminal in the eyes of the law.
Some legal experts say the whole case could be erased . . . as if he was never arrested, tried, or convicted. Obviously, that's putting the cart before the horse at this stage, but it could have MAJOR implications.
For example, TMZ
says the ongoing civil case that Lloyd's family has against Hernandez could take a hit . . . and they'd have to re-establish his liability by having the whole case re-tried with a new jury. But it's unclear how that could happen, because he's too dead to defend himself.
Other legal experts say
a vacated conviction might mean the Patriots are on the hook to pay Hernandez's family the remaining MILLIONS from his contract. And the family is already looking