Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez hangs self in MA prison cell
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 20:12
Those who knew Hernandez said Wednesday they doubted he would commit suicide.
His lawyer, the same man who got Casey Anthony off of a murder charge in 2011, represented the former National Football League star in his most recent trial for the murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
Salvatore Furtado said he was in pain every day of Hernandez's criminal trial and despite his acquittal, he still believes he murdered his son and de Abreu.
Hernandez was a standout player during his three seasons at Florida - playing alongside future NFL quarterback and minor league baseball player Tim Tebow.
The attorney called on authorities to "conduct a transparent and thorough investigation" and promised his own examination of the death.
Jose Baez, an attorney for Hernandez, has been retained by the athlete's family to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death and will act as the executor of his estate, according to a statement from Baez. At the White House in the afternoon, President Donald Trump congratulated the Super Bowl champions but made no mention of Hernandez.
Hernandez was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Patriots and signed a four-year contract extension less than a year before Lloyd's death.
The 27-year-old was serving a life sentence for the 2013 killing of Odin Loyd. But, Hernandez was still serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for his conviction in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating his fiancee's sister.
Hernandez was acquitted last week of a 2012 double homicide.
Hernandez was said to have been in a single cell in a general population housing unit and had used various items to block his door before he was found. Officers attempted to save his life, then took him to a hospital, where a doctor pronounced him dead at 4:07 a.m.
"Basically what this means for Aaron Hernandez is that he will have in fact died an innocent man", Healy said. Some of Hernandez's representatives believe his death wasn't a suicide.
There is also speculation that Hernandez may have been high before killing himself.
Baez says in a statement Wednesday that there were "no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible". Prosecutors said he gunned them down after one of them accidentally spilled a drink on him in a Boston nightclub.
Through a translator, the father of Safiro Furtado told reporters that he took no joy in Hernandez's death.
"We are aware of the reports, but I don't anticipate that we will be commenting today", a Patriots spokesperson said.