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At least 1 DOC officer disciplined in Hernandez death investigation

21 April 2017

The district attorney's office and state police said Thursday that Hernandez was locked in his cell at 8 p.m. Tuesday and no one entered until a correction officer saw him hanging and forced open the cell door, which had been jammed with cardboard.

The death of former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez was officially ruled a suicide on Thursday (20 April), the Worcester County District Attorney's Office announced.

The state medical examiner's office is performing an autopsy on Hernandez, who was convicted of shooting and killing Odin Lloyd in 2013, as part of an investigation into the death of the former National Football League star.

According to WCVB, there were several drawings in blood on the cell walls, including a reference to the Bible verse John 3:16.

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez's lawyer is accusing the state medical examiner's office of "illegally" holding the player's brain despite the family's wishes to donate it for CTE research.

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Baez said Hernandez's family wanted to donate his brain to the CTE Center at Boston University, which has studied the disease for years.

Despite being acquitted in his most recent murder case, Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2015 murder of Odin Lloyd.

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Bennett says the death investigation may require further analysis of Hernandez's body, and that's why the brain is being kept for now.

The Patriots could be contractually obligated to pay Hernandez's estate $3.5 million as part of a salary bonus that was never given to him because of his murder arrest in 2013, according to CBS Boston.

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When a Boston University representative arrived to pick up the brain for testing, they were denied possession, Baez said.

Earlier Thursday, Hernandez's lawyer Jose Baez had accused the medical examiner of "illegally" holding the brain.

Baez said the family lacks confidence in the office given what he described as a history of "missing evidence" and "misconduct" in the case.

Hernandez was found hanged by a bed sheet inside his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., early Wednesday morning and was pronounced dead the hospital about an hour later. The state has said that no information has been released as this situation is still an ongoing investigation.

Less than a week after former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found not guilty of two counts of murder from a shooting in 2012, the 27-year-old was found dead in his jail cell. They said the body is expected to be moved to another location in CT over the weekend.

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