Aaron Hernandez's conviction could be tossed due to 'quirky' law

Aaron Hernandez's conviction could be tossed due to 'quirky' law

The family of Aaron Hernandez, shown in 2012, wants his brain donated to a CTE Center.

(AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File).

The one-time star tight end for the new England patriots Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell this morning on the same day when his former teammates from the patriots were at the white house celebrating a super bowl win. He says a judge has already found Hernandez liable in Lloyd's death, now it's just a question of setting a dollar amount, and getting that money from the Hernandez estate. He tried to jam the cell door to prevent guards from opening it and hanged himself with a bedsheet tied to a window, Fallon said.

His death is being investigated by the Massachusetts State Police and the Department of Correction. They have yet to release the incident report, officers' logs, video footage from the area around Hernandez's cell or other details about prison protocol, despite repeated requests from The Associated Press.

An attorney for Aaron Hernandez is accusing the state Office of the Medical Examiner of impeding Boston University researchers from obtaining Hernandez' brain for research.

Hernandez's body was released to the Faggas Funeral Home in Watertown, Massachusetts, after an autopsy.

Baez had been helping Hernandez appeal his murder conviction, and as a result of his death before exhausting the legal process, that conviction will be voided.

Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for murder, apparently killed himself in his prison cell on Wednesday. He was also acquitted last week of the double murder of two Boston men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, on July 16, 2012.

Whether he was aware of it or not, Aaron Hernandez may have greatly improved his family's financial situation by committing suicide.

It was the last act in the downfall of an athlete who once seemed to have everything, including a five-year $40 million contract extension, and threw it all away.

'The family and legal team is shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron's death, ' Baez said in a statement obtained by

"Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence", said Baez, who said his firm will do its own probe of his death. "Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death".

Hernandez's older brother Jonathan "DJ" Hernandez, meanwhile, took to Facebook Thursday to wish his mother, Terri Hernandez, happy birthday.

As the jury deliberated, Hernandez was spotted blowing kisses to the young daughter he fathered with fiancee Shayanna Jenkins.

Friends were also grieving in CT, where Hernandez was raised. That's the conviction that got him sentenced to life without parole.

"We all can not believe it", said Alex Cugno, who grew up with Hernandez in Bristol.

Another unknown: why Hernandez would kill himself just days after the he was cleared of two murder charges. "It just doesn't add up".

But he was concussed in 2007 after a hit to the head while playing for his CT high school, Bristol Central, Sports Illustrated reported before his trial for Lloyd's murder.

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