Prison: Aaron Hernandez elated about acquittal, not suicidal

Kelly Massey
May 6, 2017

"Shay", Hernandez writes in the handwritten note published by NBC Boston on Friday.

Under a long-standing MA legal principle, courts customarily vacate the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals are heard.

State prosecutors are hoping to use the letter to argue that Hernandez's murder conviction should not be vacated in the wake of his suicide, as it would "reward the defendant's conscious, deliberate and voluntary act", according to a court filing.

Before Aaron Hernandez hanged himself, he stuffed cardboard in the tracks of his cell door, making it hard for prison officers to enter and render aid.

The report, from a state police detective assigned to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.'s office, said a correction officer found Hernandez around 3 a.m.

A separate question lingers as to whether the prison authorities took sufficient steps to protect Hernandez from himself, including whether protocols requiring the cell to be checked on a regular basis were followed and whether guards knew or should have known that Hernandez had become suicidal. Hernandez, one inmate said, noted people could be deemed not guilty if they died in prison during an appeal - Hernandez had been convicted of the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd - and another inmate told investigators the ex-Patriot told him "remember when you die your soul gets reincarnated".

He was found with cuts after his suicide and apparently he used the blood from those cuts to write upon the wall.

Correction officers told police that Hernandez had been locked in his cell just before 8 p.m. ET on April 18 and remained there until the following day just after 3 a.m. ET, when he was found hanging.

His file includes the tattoos he had when he entered prison and 31 pages from his disciplinary report.

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The Bristol County District Attorney's office has made a court filing that includes the Massachusetts Department of Correction's prison file on Aaron Hernandez, which contains details of inmate interviews following the former National Football League star's death.

Aaron Hernandez's last letter to his fiancée before his unexpected suicide in April expressed devotion to the woman who stood by his side - while also hinting at something happening.

Newly released prison records say ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez was a member of the Bloods street gang.

The report also said Hernandez knew about MA case law that says a prisoner's convictions can be erased if he dies before his appeal has been heard, as Hernandez did.

Hernandez left the letter for Shayanna Jenkins prior to his April 19 suicide.

Underneath the drawings on the wall was a Bible open to John 3:16, with the 16th verse marked in blood, according to the report.

"Hernandez does not make any apparent indication of an intent to harm himself during any of the phone calls", the report states.

A Hernandez family attorney, who is conducting his own investigation into the death, last month dismissed as "ridiculous" local media reports about the Bible reference.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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