Investigation Continues in the Death of Aaron Hernandez

The medical examiner released Hernandez's body to a funeral home earlier Thursday.

One thing Baez was vocal about was his criticism of the Medical Examiner saying Hernandez's family wanted to donate his brain to Boston University so it could be studied for evidence of brain injuries, but the Medical Examiner would not release it.

With concern over the impact that repeated blows to the head can cause National Football League players and brain examination only possible after death, the Hernandez family wanted his brain to be studied.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including football players, that can manifest itself as impaired judgment, depression and aggression.

Many questions remain after the former New England Patriots tight end was found dead in his prison cell by a corrections officer. He says he isn't aware of any staff at the maximum-security prison where Hernandez was serving a life sentence for murder being reprimanded as a result of the death.

The letters, however, did not offer any insight into why the 27-year-old committed suicide. Hernandez's attorney, Jose Baez, accused authorities of keeping the brain to destroy evidence, but the district attorney's office says they needed to hold onto the brain until the chief state medical examiner made an official ruling on Hernandez's death.

Baez said Hernandez's family will also seek an independent autopsy, reports the Associated Press (AP).

CTE has been linked to concussions and repeated blows to the head in athletes, members of the military and others who have experienced repeated head trauma.

According to Protect the Brain, victims of CTE can suffer from impeded speech, memory loss, and disorientation.

Baden, who didn't immediately comment, has performed autopsies in several high-profile cases, including the death of Michael Brown, a black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez and defense attorney Charles Rankin wait in the courtroom during the jury deliberation in his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, April 10, 2015. The family attorney revealed the family had received the rest of his body prior to the brain being released.

The district attorney investigating the death said Hernandez had been alone in his cell for seven hours by the time guards found his body at 3 a.m. (0700 GMT) on Wednesday, and noted that three handwritten notes were found near a Bible in his room.

Boston - Family members of Aaron Hernandez are asking a judge to order MA prison officials to preserve evidence so they can investigate the circumstances of his death. It was reported that the door had been jammed shut with a piece of cardboard.

  • Leroy Wright