New details on Aaron Hernandez's death released in police report
- Author: Julie Sanders May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 20:48
A MA prisons report says Aaron Hernandez was outwardly elated after his acquittal in a double murder trial and did not appear to have thoughts of suicide in the days before he killed himself in his prison cell.
The 132-page report was separate from a state police investigation also released Thursday.
The two reports, released to CNN in public records requests on Thursday afternoon, provide further details into the former National Football League star's apparent suicide in prison in the early morning hours on April 19.
No traces of illegal drugs were found in Hernandez's system.
Correction officers told police that Hernandez had been locked in his cell just before 8 p.m. on April 18. When there was no response, Breau poked at the sheet until it fell to the ground, where he discovered Hernandez naked, hanging from a cut-up bed sheet tied to a bar on a window. Hernandez was unresponsive to life-saving measures and declared dead about an hour later at a nearby hospital.
Hernandez's right middle finger had a fresh cut and there was blood on adjacent fingers.
The report describes the steps Hernandez took to make it more hard for corrections officers to enter the cell: "The door was 'pegged;' cardboard had been shoved into the door tracks to prevent the door from opening". Hernandez also had put a large amount of shampoo on the floor to make it slippery, the report states.
In addition to "John 3:16" there were other drawings written in blood on the wall, although the report does not describe them.
The revelations, included in a redacted Executive Office of Public Safety report, suggests the 27-year-old former New England Patriot thought that a jailhouse suicide would mean his first-degree murder charge would be wiped from the books. He was on the phone just prior to being locked in his cell for the last time, the report said. Police said they listened to the last five phone calls Hernandez made.
The report, released on Thursday evening, concludes Hernandez's death was due to suicide and requests the case be closed unless further information becomes available.
"Postmortem toxicology of Hernandez's blood came back negative for all substances tested to include synthetic cannabinoids", the report said.
"The unprofessional behavior of those entrusted to impartially and professionally conduct an investigation into Aaron's death has caused grave concern as to the validity and thoroughness of the investigation", the attorneys wrote.