Was Aaron Hernandez Murdered? Lawyer Claims It's Not Suicide

By Sounak Mukhopadhyay , Apr 20, 2017 04:30 AM EDT

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell. While media reports suggested it was an apparent suicide, his lawyer Jose Baez was not convinced. He asked for an investigation into Aaron's death. Baez suggested that the convicted murderer's death shocked and surprised his legal team and family. Hernandez was found hanging from bars of the window, with a bedsheet around his neck. His lawyer suggests a "transparent and thorough" probe into the death of the former New England Patriot star.

Baez said in his statement that Aaron Hernandez was looking forward to a second chance in his life. "There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible," the lawyer said in his statement. "We request that authorities conduct a transparent and thorough investigation."

In 2013, Hernandez was convicted of the murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd, one of his friends. He got a life sentence with no parole. He was also accused of a double homicide that took place in 2012. Baez has just got a "not guilty" verdict for his client for the double homicide. And, now, he is not convinced about the suicide theory. He believes Aaron might have been murdered by either his inmates or those who run the prison, TMZ reported.

Christopher Fallon from the Massachusetts Department of Correction said that Hernandez was kept in a single cell, where he hanged himself using a bed sheet. He also said that the former NFL star tried to block the door from inside by jamming it with a number of things. The Daily Mail Online reports that Hernandez had many fights with his inmates. However, he never tried to kill himself in the past. Massachusetts State Police is now investigating to find out if there's any truth in Baez's claim.

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