Hernandez had renewed sense of hope after double-murder acquittal, source says


Jose Baez, the attorney who secured a not guilty verdict in the recent double-murder trial of Aaron Hernandez, says he will examine how the former National Football League star and convicted murderer died after MA authorities announced he committed suicide in prison Wednesday morning. The suicide comes just days after being acquitted of a double murder.

Corrections officers said they found Hernandez hanging in his cell at 3:05 a.m.at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley. The 27-year-old was rushed to UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster, where he was pronounced dead an hour later.

Before taking his own life, Hernandez reportedly blocked his cell door from the inside - jamming it with some of his personal items.

June 17, 2013: The body of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee, is found about a mile from Hernandez's mansion in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.

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Last week, Hernandez was acquitted in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston.

He died nearly exactly two years after he was sentenced to life without parole for murdering a semi-pro football player in 2013 and five days after he was acquitted of double murder in a separate Boston killing in 2012.

As the jury was deliberating last week, cameras spied Hernandez blowing kisses to the young daughter he fathered with fiancée Shayanna Jenkins.

November 6: Aaron Hernandez is born in Bristol, Connecticut. This April, Hernandez was acquitted of both murders in what was seen as a victory despite his life sentence. In 2012, the Patriots signed Hernandez to a long-term contract extension. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

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Martin Healy, chief legal counsel of the Massachusetts Bar Association, says Hernandez's death opens the door for his conviction for Lloyd's murder to be quashed.

Hayes said in an e-mail that he was "confident that the agency and its health care provider will conduct comprehensive investigations into Mr. Hernandez's death".

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early, Jr. said that detectives assigned to his office and the Department of Corrections are investigating Hernandez's death.

Former NFL footballer Aaron Hernandez has been found dead in his cell in MA, officials say. Police said they were shot after an encounter with Hernandez at a Boston nightclub.

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