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Mother of Hernandez victim: Justice was done

22 April 2017

That verse reads: 'For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life'.

Hernandez was locked in his cell around 8 p.m. Tuesday and no one entered until a correction officer observed him at 3:03 a.m. Wednesday and forced his way in, investigators said.

Their sources claim that the unidentified man was the last person Hernandez spoke to before taking his life, and that he is now under "eyeball to eyeball" suicide watch.

Legal experts have said Hernandez's death complicates the status of that case.

The convicted murderer's brain is now being donated by his family to Boston University to determine if he may have been suffering from CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) caused by head injuries received during his time playing football. Hernandez's family, meanwhile, was asking a judge to order prison officials to preserve evidence so they can investigate the circumstances of his death.

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An attorney for Aaron Hernandez's estate plans to sue state officials for negligence surrounding his apparent suicide and railed against the "salacious" details leaked to the media, he said in court on Friday.

The complaint was filed on behalf of Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, and his 4-year-old daughter, Avielle.

John Thompson said Friday he'll file the necessary paperwork in Bristol County. A New Bedford judge was due to hear the request Friday afternoon.

Thompson didn't say when he'll file the request.

Hernandez's death came just five days after his acquittal in the 2012 slayings of two men outside a Boston nightclub in a separate case.

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Three hand-written notes and a Bible were found, but the district attorney's office did not say what the notes said.

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

To that end, Jenkins has hired lawyer Jose Baez, who has promised to run his own investigation into Hernandez's death.

All first-degree murder convictions in MA trigger an automatic appeal.

Hernandez, who was 27 and serving a life sentence in prison for murder, was found dead in his prison cell shortly after 3 a.m. on Wednesday (April 19), according to a statement from Joseph D. Early Jr., the district attorney of Worcester County in MA, who aided in the investigation of Hernandez's death. Hernandez's appeal was still in its early stages and hadn't yet been heard when he hanged himself early Wednesday.

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