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    Aaron Hernandez's jailhouse friend Kyle Kennedy requests to see suicide note addressed to him

    April 25, 2017 at 8:22 AM
     
    BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- A jailhouse friend of Aaron Hernandez says one of three notes the former NFL star left in his cell before killing himself was addressed to him.

    Lawrence Army, a lawyer for inmate Kyle Kennedy, said late Monday he's requested the note be turned over to this client, who has not yet seen it.

    Prison officials didn't immediately comment.

    Army declined to describe Kennedy's relationship to Hernandez but said through a spokesman that Kennedy was not his cellmate and had been placed on suicide watch at the maximum-security prison in Massachusetts as a precaution. Army said Kennedy is no longer on suicide watch.

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    There were 3 notes written by Hernandez, if one of the notes was addressed to Mr. Kennedy, it absolutely should be given to him.

    I'm not understanding why Ms. Jenkins-Hernandez or Hernandez family would be given all 3 notes?
    The other people should have been given the notes signed by Hernandez something strange going on there?? Maybe it was Baez who said the family should get the notes to keep even though each person should have gotten the notes Very strange??

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    Aaron Hernandez’s Legal Troubles Won’t End With His Death, Expert Explains
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    Aaron Hernandez, the infamous former New England Patriot, was found dead in his one-inmate jail cell early in the morning of April 19. Ruled a suicide, it was confounding at best, particularly because Hernandez had just been acquitted on double murder charges and was appealing the 2015 murder conviction. His agent expressed disbelief, tweeting there was “no chance” that Hernandez took his own life. His lawyer echoed this sentiment, suggesting that there may have been foul play at hand.
    What Hernandez may or may not have known, is that the timing of his death would complicate aspects of his affairs that could directly impact the finances of the family he left behind. “Abatement ab initio,” an obscure aspect of Massachusetts law, mandates that if a person dies before they have exhausted the entirety of the criminal appeals process, their conviction is vacated. Consequently, under the eyes of the law, Hernandez became an innocent man the minute he was pronounced dead. This change in status has led many to speculate on the consequences it would have on his Patriots’ contract, as the team had reneged on certain payments after his murder indictment. Some argued that without a criminal conviction on file, his estate may be able to recoup $6 million of his contract that he filed a grievance for in 2013.
    In reality, the NFL probably does not owe the Hernandez estate any contractual payments. Regardless of the conviction or charge, it is likely that Hernandez’s conduct still places him in breach of his contract. While we don’t know the exact terms of his contract, the evidence in the trial that led to his conviction was overwhelming. Additionally, the NFL collective bargaining agreement states that a team can consider certain funds forfeited from players if the player is “unavailable to the team due to conduct by him that results in his incarceration,” without any requirement of a conviction or court process.

    Another interesting caveat is that Hernandez filed a contract “grievance” in 2013 which was settled in 2014 after his indictment and more than likely included some catchall language that would preclude any further litigation on that agreement. Apparently, Douglas Sheff, the lawyer for Ursula Ward, whose son Hernandez was convicted of murdering in 2013, didn’t get the memo. On Friday, he gave a press conference with Ward, bizarrely issuing a “friendly challenge” to the NFL to hand the purported $6 million over to the victim’s families instead of Hernandez’s estate.
    Although this plea is likely to be ignored, the lack of a criminal conviction has no bearing on the estate’s vulnerability to civil suits. It is likely that these families will file wrongful death lawsuits against the estate, but how much money is actually at stake depends on what kind of money Hernandez was able to hold onto, and also how much his estate is entitled to. While Hernandez has been tied up in legal drama for years, likely draining his savings, his death leaves open several possibilities for financial windfalls. Just one day after he was found dead, Hernandez’s brain was taken to Boston University's Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center to be studied for evidence of trauma. A finding of CTE*could open the door for legal action, including a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family, or other claims on behalf of the estate.
    CTE is a degenerative disease often caused by repeated blows to the head. In recent years, the NFL has been under fire for underplaying the risks associated with concussions and head trauma. Last year the league settled a class-action lawsuit covering over one thousand former NFL players with brain injuries connected to repeated concussions. The $1 billion payout covers existing retirees with specific injuries and intends to provide payouts for 20,000 NFL retirees with these injuries for the next 65 years.
    The results of the test on Hernandez’s brain bring this issue back to the forefront. His estate will likely not be eligible to opt into the settlement since any diagnosis will come after the April 2015 deadline, but they could still sue the NFL

    This won’t be easy though; because he was effectively “retired” at the deadline by virtue of being incarcerated for life, the NFL will argue that he missed his chance to opt in to the settlement like all other NFL "retirees" at that time. If Hernandez’s estate is able to clear this hurdle, they could be entitled to millions in compensation.

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    Aaron Hernandez lawyers file to vacate murder conviction

    April 25, 2017

    FALL RIVER — Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers have filed a motion to vacate the former New England Patriot’s 2015 murder conviction in light of his death by suicide last week in prison.

    The one-page motion, filed yesterday in Fall River Superior Court, cites a centuries-old legal principle in Massachusetts know as abatement ab initio, which allows for a conviction to be overturned if a defendant dies while appealing a criminal conviction.

    Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, said prosecutors will be opposing the motion to vacate Hernandez’s conviction.

    “We have been reviewing the matter and intend to file our opposition within the next week,” Miliote said.

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    Questions linger over Aaron Hernandez's relationship with jailhouse "brother"

    April 26, 2017, 3:47 PM


    Aaron Hernandez, left, and Kyle Kennedy - CBS Boston

    SHIRLEY, Mass. -- Aaron Hernandez was so close with his jailhouse friend Kyle Kennedy he corresponded with Kennedy’s family, wanted to give him a nearly $50,000 watch and called him by his nickname, “Pure,” Kennedy’s lawyer Lawrence Army Jr., told reporters Wednesday.

    But Army wouldn’t address questions over whether Kennedy and Hernandez had a sexual relationship, saying only his client wants to personally address the "nature and extent" of the relationship between him and the ex-NFL star and convicted murderer.

    Army has said one of three suicide notes Hernandez left in his cell before he [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]at the maximum security Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, was intended for Kennedy, a 22-year-old Uxbridge resident who is serving a prison sentence at Souza-Baranowski following his 2015 arrest for armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, escaping a municipal lockup, speeding and other charges.

    Quoting from a letter Hernandez wrote to Kennedy’s father, Army read, "Mr. Kennedy, it’s Aaron. I’m writing to you and Pure doesn’t know. He’s my brother and he always will be."

    Army said Wednesday that other letters Hernandez wrote to Kennedy’s step-brothers, step-sisters and father showed the depth of their relationship. He said he wouldn’t release the remainder of the letters.

    Army said the two had asked to be cellmates last September, a request that was initially approved, then denied.

    "What my client told me is Aaron Hernandez is one of the most powerful forces as a person he’s ever known," Army said.

    Army said Kennedy was "stunned and saddened" over Hernandez’s suicide and at first thought it was a joke being played on him because workers at the prison knew how close the two were.

    He said his client didn’t have any indication Hernandez was planning on killing himself, though Hernandez told Kennedy in early March that he was thinking he was "going to hang it up, LOL." Army said his client didn’t take the comment seriously at the time.

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    Attorney: Aaron Hernandez hinted at suicide weeks before his death
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    Hernandez had been serving life without the possibility of parole for a third murder — the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a Boston man who had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.
    Aaron Hernandez hinted about suicide weeks before he was found hanging by a bedsheet in prison last week, according to a jailhouse friend who once sought to share a cell with the former NFL star.
    Lawrence Army Jr., an attorney for inmate Kyle Kennedy, said Wednesday that Hernandez told his client: "I think I'm going to hang it up."


    He killed himself April 19, and funeral services were held Monday in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut.
    Army said Kennedy, of Uxbridge, was "stunned and saddened" by his close friend's death. He said Kennedy and Hernandez were acquainted before prison.
    In September 2016, the two had even requested to be cellmates, Army said. The attorney said the request was denied because of the "size difference" between the two men. A prison spokesman declined to comment on the decision.
    Army said Kennedy also is entitled to see one of three handwritten notes the former New England Patriots tight end left when he died because Kennedy believes it was intended for him.
    Hernandez's lawyer has said no note was left to any inmate. Prison officials haven't commented on the notes, which were turned over to Hernandez's family.
    Kennedy also is seeking a $47,000, custom-made watch that he says Hernandez verbally gifted to him on his birthday last summer, his lawyer said.
    Meanwhile, the Souza-Baranowski prison remains on lockdown with inmates not allowed to leave their cells and visiting hours canceled. State Department of Corrections spokesman Christopher Fallon confirmed the lockdown has been in place since Monday and will remain in effect while officials search for drugs and other contraband.

    In other developments, a Massachusetts judge scheduled arguments on a request to vacate Hernandez's conviction in the Lloyd case. Judge E. Susan Garsh announced Wednesday that she'll hold a May 9 hearing in Fall River.
    On Tuesday, Hernandez's lawyers asked that his first-degree murder conviction be dismissed. The Bristol County district attorney's office, which prosecuted the case, has said it intends to challenge the request. It has until May 1 to file papers making its case.
    Under a long-standing Massachusetts legal principle, courts customarily vacate the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals are heard.


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    April 29, 2017 | 12:45pm

    He left behind some pretty spaced-out artwork in his prison cell, but former NFL star Aaron Hernandez had no drugs in his system when he died, according to a report on Saturday.

    The autopsy on the former New England Patriots tight end, who [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], revealed no traces of "K2," or synthetic marijuana — or any other illegal drugs in his system, according to [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    Massachusetts officials were investigating whether Hernandez used synthetic drugs before he hanged himself in his cell at Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., on April 19. The prison was locked down last week while correction officers searched for drugs and other contraband following the convicted murderer’s suicide, according to WCVB.

    The search turned up K2 and several homemade weapons.

    Hernandez had [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in ink before his death, and used his own blood to draw on the walls of his cell.

    One of the drawings was "the unfinished pyramid and the all-seeing eye of God," similar to the illustration on the back of the dollar bill, according to WCVB.

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    May 1, 2017 | 1:34pm

    Prosecutors have asked a judge to reject a request by attorneys for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez — [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] — to throw out his murder conviction.

    In court documents filed Monday, prosecutors argued that dismissing the conviction would reward Hernandez for his "conscious, deliberate and voluntary act" of committing suicide.

    The former New England Patriots tight was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who had been dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée.

    He was serving a life sentence when he hanged himself in his prison cell April 19, five days after he was acquitted in a 2012 double slaying.

    Last week, his lawyers asked that his murder conviction be vacated under Massachusetts case law that holds that when a defendant dies before an appeal is decided, the conviction is vacated.

    The legal process by which a person convicted of a crime can regain the standing of a suspect is called abatement ab initio — Latin for "from the beginning."

    But Bristol County prosecutors argued Monday that his suicide should not allow him to void the guilty verdict a jury reached in 2015, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III’s office said Hernandez does not deserve such change in his legal status — partly because he chose to end his life in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center.

    "It is in the interest of justice that this defendant should not be allowed to avoid a conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd by deliberately, consciously and voluntarily taking his own life,’’ prosecutors wrote.

    Prosecutors also wrote that Hernandez was imprisoned for life without parole — and that his death means his sentence was served.

    "The defendant was serving his punishment at the time he took his own life," prosecutors wrote. "He now has served the entirety of his sentences. … By his death, he has completed his lawful sentence for his murder conviction, just as death completes the sentence of every murderer in the Commonwealth.’’

    Hernandez’s suicide also could undermine the wrongful-death lawsuit filed against his estate, prosecutors wrote.

    Jenkins and her lawyer said in an affidavit filed last week in probate court that [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] — with "no monies available and no identifiable personal assets."

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    Aaron Hernandez’s Brain, Blood Tests Reports Won't Be Released In Odin Lloyd Wrongful Death Suit

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    The analysis of Aaron Hernandez’s brain, blood and urine samples will not be released to lawyers of Odin L. Lloyd’s mother for the wrongful death lawsuit against the late ex-NFL star's estate.

    The 27-year-old, who was jailed for life without parole for the 2013 murder of Lloyd, was found hanging from his prison cell window April 19 at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.

    New Bedford Superior Court Judge Thomas F. McGuire Jr. denied requests of preserving Hernandez's tissue and fluid samples for neuropathology and toxicology analysis to be performed. Prosecutors said the materials are "critical and irreplaceable evidence" of the cause of Hernandez’s death, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] reported late Wednesday.

    McGuire said in his ruling the analysis of Hernandez's physical remains do "not establish a factual basis for the assertion that Mr. Hernandez’s physical condition at the time of his death is relevant to the issues raised in this civil action."

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    Prison: Aaron Hernandez elated about acquittal, not suicidal
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    A Massachusetts 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 state Department of Correction report released Thursday also says there were no drugs in Hernandez's system when the former NFL star hanged himself at the Souza-Baranowski prison on April 19 while serving a life sentence.
    The 132-page report was separate from a state police investigation also released Thursday. That report said Hernandez wrote a reference to a biblical passage in ink on his forehead and in blood on the wall.
    The prisons department report says Hernandez knew a prisoner's convictions could be erased if he dies during his appeal, as Hernandez did.

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    'Know you are an angel' Aaron Hernandez tells fiancée in suicide note
    May 5, 2017, 4:07 PM ET
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    In his suicide note to his fiancée released today, Aaron Hernandez wrote that he told her what was coming "indirectly" and encouraged her to share his story, adding "know you are an angel."
    The letter to Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez was one of three found in the former New England Patriots player's prison cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, after he was discovered hanging in the early morning hours of April 19.
    "Shay, you have always been my soul-mate and I want you to live life and know I’m always with you," he writes in the note, obtained by ABC News. "I told you what was coming indirectly! I love you so much and know you are an angel. ... Tell my story fully but never think anything besides how much I love you."
    Hernandez's family is calling for an independent probe into his death after state investigators determined he wasn’t on any drugs when he apparently took his own life in prison.
    “Now that the state authorities have completed and closed their investigation into the death of Aaron, we owe it Aaron and his family to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into this tragic death,” Hernandez’s lead attorney, Jose Baez, said in a statement obtained by ABC News on Thursday night.
    Hernandez was serving a life sentence for murder at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. The Worcester County District Attorney's Office and the Massachusetts State Police on Thursday released their report on the investigation into his death, which had been ruled a suicide.
    The report shares chilling new details on the circumstances surrounding Hernandez’s death and confirms information that had already been reported by the media.
    According to the report, Hernandez was “naked” when he was discovered hanged from a bed sheet tied around the cell’s window bars. A postmortem toxicology of the former NFL player’s blood came back negative for all substances tested, including synthetic cannabinoids.
    Hernandez’s lead attorney said state authorities exhibited an “unprecedented” and “total lack of professionalism” throughout the investigation.
    “The majority of information contained in these reports was leaked to the press during the course of the investigation. The family was never advised during the investigation or before the report was released today as to any of the specifics of the investigation,” Baez said in the statement. “They unfortunately learned through the numerous press reports, citing unnamed government sources or those close to the investigation, of the details of Aaron's death. The family members were victims in this matter and deserved better treatment by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”
    Baez continued: “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.” Prison authorities declined to comment beyond the official report on Hernandez's death.
    Baez said his legal team intends to “fully, completely and impartially review all of the evidence” using the “best investigators and forensic experts available.” The attorney also warned that “any official who attempted to interfere or inhibit our investigation by refusing to allow access to the evidence surrounding this matter will not be tolerated.”

    According to the Massachusetts Department of Correction, Hernandez was in a "single cell in a general population housing."
    A spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Correction told ABC News that there was no prior concern that Hernandez was suicidal and that if there had been, he would have been on mental health watch in a different part of the prison.
    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. Video surveillance of the cell block from the time Hernandez entered his cell until the time he was transported to the hospital show no one entered the cell until correction officers came to render aid, according to the report.
    Surveillance video also shows that Hernandez was on the phone prior to being locked in his cell. State authorities listened to the last five phone calls Hernandez made on April 18 and determined he did not make “any apparent indication of an intent to harm himself during any of those phone calls,” the report states.
    The door to Hernandez’s jail cell was “pegged,” with cardboard shoved into the door tracks to prevent the door from opening. Hernandez had also placed “a large amount of shampoo on the floor” inside his cell, making it very slippery, according to the report.
    Correction officers were able to cut Hernandez down and began administering CPR. Medics continued CPR on Hernandez as he was transported to UMASS Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster. He never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead just after 4 a.m. ET, according to the report.

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    This may seem silly, but I keep wondering about the bible verse he had on his forehead.
    Was it just John 3:16, or was the whole verse written out?
    How would he do that? With a mirror? Wouldn't it, was it, backward?
    Even if it was just 'John 3:16', it would be difficult to write it not backward. At least for me.
    Just something that's been bugging me since I first read about it.


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    Battle over Aaron Hernandez conviction heads to court

    May 09, 2017

    Prosecutors are urging a judge Tuesday not to throw out the murder conviction of Aaron J. Hernandez, arguing that former New England Patriot made a deliberate choice to end his life before his appeal was heard in the killing of Odin L. Lloyd.

    The office of Bristol district attorney Thomas M. Quinn III is expected to make arguments in court to keep the conviction. Prosecutors have released records cotencing that Hernandez knew about a legal principle "ab initio" from the Latin phase, meaning from the beginning.

    Under that legal principle, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has voided first degree murder convictions when the defendant dies before their appeals are heard by the state’s highest court. Hernandez died in an apparent suicide in the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center last month.

    Hernandez was convicted of first degree murder in 2015, but his court-appointed appellate attorneys were just starting to research the Bristol County Superior Court trial.

    After his death, Hernandez’s appellate attorneys, John M. Thompson and Linda J. Thompson, filed paperwork asking Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh to apply existing law to Hernandez’s case, vacate the conviction, and return him to status of a person who is only accused of a crime.

    Hernandez’s lawyers filed paperwork Tuesday asking Garsh to ignore how Hernandez died, and instead remain focused on the past legal rulings vacating convictions.

    "The fact of Hernandez’s death is not in dispute, and the purported manner of death and description of how the injury occurred are both irrelevant to any issue . . . that this Court must decide,’’ the Thompsons wrote Tuesday.

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    BREAKING NEWS

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] convictions have been overturned!

    Judge Garsh ruled against the Commonwealth & their suicide for money theory & vacated his prior 1st Degree Murder Conviction in the case of Odin Lloyd.
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    Judge grants request to erase Aaron Hernandez's murder

    May 9, 2017, 11:37 AM ET

    A Massachusetts judge today granted a request to erase [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]'s murder conviction, less than one month after the former [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] star hanged himself in prison.

    “Abatement has been practiced in state and federal courts for more than a century,” Judge Susan Garsh said in delivering her ruling from the bench in Fall River. She noted that “an appeal is an integral part of the system” and said the interests of justice do not permit a defendant to stand convicted upon death if appeals are not exhausted.

    “Abatement remains the law in this Commonwealth and this court is compelled to follow binding precedent,” Garsh said.

    The judge said she could not abide by the assertion of prosecutors that Hernandez knew his about abatement when he decided to commit suicide. “This court cannot know why Hernandez chose to end his life,” Garsh said, adding that suicide is a “complex act that may have myriad causes.”

    John Thompson, Hernandez’s appellate attorney, had argued to the judge, “When the defendant dies after a trial and before an appeal the abatement ab initio doctrine applies without exception. ... This is an established common law doctrine.”

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    Aaron Hernandez Charges, Conviction Dismissed in Odin Lloyd Case

    11:29 am EDT, May 9, 2017 Updated 11:54 am EDT, May 9, 2017

    After taking a brief recess during the May 9 hearing, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] dismissed the charges against [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], ruling that his conviction no longer stands.

    "The longstanding rule is…abating the entire prosecution as if it never happened. This court is compelled to follow binding precedent," Judge Garsh said before delivering her verdict.

    It has been nearly three weeks since the former New England Patriots star committed suicide in his jail cell at the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in Shirley, Massachusetts. Following his shocking death, Hernandez’s attorneys headed back to court in an effort to erase his conviction in the 2013 murder of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    Although Hernandez had been serving a life sentence for the murder of Lloyd, the case was in the appeal process when he took his own life. Due to a Massachusetts state law, Hernandez was "innocent until proven guilty" following his death.

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    Aaron Hernandez lawyers don’t think death was suicide

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    Since the April 19 death of 27-year-old Aaron Hernandez, lawyer Jose Baez refused to accept his apparent suicide at face value.

    During a Tuesday hearing to dismiss Hernandez’s conviction for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd — per a Massachusetts legal rule known as "abatement ab initio" — Hernandez’s appellate attorney John Thompson broached the topic again.

    In its Tuesday coverage of the hearing, the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] that the subject was first brought up during the hearing to rebut the prosecution’s argument that Hernandez’s murder conviction shouldn’t be overturned because he killed himself.

    "After a judge ruled that a long-standing legal principle in Massachusetts requires the vacating of Hernandez's conviction, Thompson told reporters he still has doubts about whether Hernandez killed himself," reported the Herald. "Thompson says he has recent correspondence from Hernandez in which the former New England Patriots tight end said he was interested in pursuing an appeal."

    Thompson is hardly the only individual in Hernandez’s orbit who thinks there could be more to the story of the former star athlete’s death. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] last month that the Hernandez family was "not buying the suicide story," and that an independent investigation had been launched into the circumstances surrounding the event.

    Baez also posted a statement to his Twitter account upon hearing the news of Hernandez's death. "The family and legal team is shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron's death," [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in an April 19 statement. "There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible."

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    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    With Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction now erased, it could open the door for his attorneys to go after the Patriots for the unpaid portions of the $39.8 million contract Hernandez signed in August 2012.

    Hernandez’s attorney, Jose Baez, told TMZ yesterday his legal team was in talks with the NFL player’s former agents to see how the abatement of his murder conviction will impact his contract with the Patriots.

    Whether Hernandez’s estate sees a penny of that money remains a big question at this point. Baez indicated the Hernandez camp is exploring options, and not rushing into any action. But he did leave the door open to going after the Patriots and the pot of cash that was withheld following Hernandez’s arrest in the shooting death of Odin L. Lloyd.

    "How the NFL treats him from this point forward remains to be seen," Baez told TMZ.

    "We’re in discussions with his agents to see where he stands. They’re better equipped as it relates to the Players Association," he said. "I’m not exactly certain that this makes a difference. My understanding is if he had a pension that this would not have disqualified him from that."

    The Patriots paid Hernandez two installments of his $12.5 million signing bonus, with a final $3.25 million to be paid out in March 2014. That didn’t happen, as Hernandez was released by the team after his arrest.

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    Aaron Hernandez’s fiancée breaks her silence on Dr. Phil

    Updated: May 10, 2017, 5:45 pm

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    "I thought it was a hoax, that this was some cruel person playing a trick on me," Jenkins-Hernandez said on receiving the phone call that he was dead.

    In the revealing interview, Jenkins-Hernandez sets the record straight about her fiancé’s mysterious jail cell death, rumors about his purported secret romantic life, and if she thinks he killed himself so that she could collect millions of dollars.

    The two-part Dr. Phil episode will air on Monday, May 15th and Tuesday, May 16th on KRON4 at 4 p.m.

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    TBH, I thought it was a hoax too & was shocked when I found out it was true.
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    Aaron Hernandez’s Innocence Opens Up $6M Battle Over His Contract — Attorney Speaks

    Wed, May 10, 2017 9:36pm EDT

    Due to a loophole in Massachusetts law, Aaron Hernandez died an innocent man. So does that mean the New England Patriots have no choice but to pay out his $6 million contract? An attorney tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY who could get all that dough.

    Everyone is totally baffled and confused after learning that Aaron Hernandez’ [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] by a Massachusetts judge after his suicide. Does that mean his family WILL get the money from his $6 million contract with the New England Patriots? What about Odin Lloyd’s family? Boston contract attorney[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] explains EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife.com.

    "People think that if Aaron is found not guilty then the Patriots must honor his contract and pay out the remaining reported $6 million portion to his estate," began Jones. "But without seeing the actual contract to see if there are any other loopholes, to see if the Patriots can get out of it, there is no way of knowing what the Patriots will have to do without seeing that contract." Basically, the contract likely protects the franchise regardless of Aaron’s legal charges. "Most NFL contracts have all types of clauses, morality and ethics clauses, that give the Patriots potentially enough cause to opt out of paying Aaron‘s family."

    "If you get caught engaging in any behavior that is unscrupulous, it doesn’t matter if you are convicted of a crime or not, they can say, ‘you are fired,’ that’s it," Jones explained. "But without seeing the contract, there is no way of knowing for sure." Aaron was fired immediately upon being arrested, which may have rightfully terminated his contract.

    So what now? "The first step is for Aaron‘s lawyers to talk to the Patriots and let them know that he is not guilty and ask to reinstate his contract cause that is the reason they canceled it in the first place," Jones explained. "The Patriots’ response will determine whether or not there is going to be anymore court action. The Patriots could say, ‘fine, we will pay the few million bucks that are left over to Aaron‘s estate,’ then nobody has to go to court. The fight is going to happen when the Patriots say ‘no, we have a morality clause, we are not honoring his contract, guilty or not, his behavior violated the contract period.’ Then Aaron‘s lawyer’s would have to go to court to sue the Patriots to have the contract enforced. Without reading the actual contract, there is no way to know who would win that fight."

    In the case that the Patriots decide it’s just easier to pay out Aaron’s contract, what happens to the money? "If Aaron‘s estate was awarded the remaining money on his contract, the money would go wherever is stated in his will or estate plan. If he left the money in his will[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] then she would get the money, if he did not have a will, then it would go to his next of kin, or his daughter in which case his fiancee would still have control of the money."

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    The first sentence kind of angers me...he didn't die an innocent man!
    He died a convicted murderer.
    Just because of some weirdo law his conviction was erased, it doesn't erase the murder he committed. And was convicted for.
    Grrrrr!

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    Willie McGinest Robert Kraft Will Pay Out Aaron Hernandez Contract

    5/11/2017 3:31 PM PDT

    Now that [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] is no longer a convicted murderer, Robert Kraft WILL fork over a check for the $6 million he reportedly owes the ex-NFL star ... so says [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    As we previously reported, Aaron's legal team has been in contact with NFL agents to determine if the New England Patriots will have to pay out the remainder of his deal due to the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    McGinest -- who played 12 seasons with the Patriots -- says he believes Kraft will ultimately oblige and pay what he owes ... for 2 reasons.

    The first reason -- McGinest says Kraft "has a heart" and will want to make sure Aaron's daughter is taken care of.

    The second reason -- McGinest says if the law requires him to pay, he's not the kind of guy who will try to duck his obligation.

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    Exclusive: Fiancée of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez speaks out on his death
    by Sierra DarvilleSunday, May 14th 2017
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    For the first time since the death of former New England Patriots football star Aaron Hernandez, the public will hear from his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez on The Dr. Phil Show.
    Jenkins-Hernandez tells Dr. Phil how she reacted when she got the terrible news that her fiancée took his own life.

    "I was the last person to speak with him," Jenkins-Hernandez said. "I felt like we were looking so bright. We were going up a ladder to a positive direction. I thought [his suicide] was a hoax, that this was some cruel person playing a trick on me."

    The 27-year-old was found hanging by the neck in his jail cell the morning of April 19. Details surrounding the investigation sprouted rumors that Hernandez had a secret romantic life while in prison.
    "Rumors of letters to a gay lover, in or out of prison, are false,” said Jose Baez, a press representative for Hernandez’s lawyer.
    Rumors also arose that the suicide was meant to award his family with over $6 million.

    Following Hernandez's death, his conviction for murdering Odin Lloyd in 2013 was thrown out, which could force the New England Patriots to payout the remainder of the former player's salary to his family.

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    Aaron Hernandez threatened to kill guard, shoot his family in disciplinary report obtained by NBC
    Friday, May 19, 2017, 1:23 PM

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    The late Aaron Hernandez kept busy while detained inside Bristol County House of Corrections for nearly two years, telling one corrections officer that he dreamed of chasing him and his family while on vacation.
    Hernandez, 27, hanged himself in a prison cell at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center last month, but the former Patriot’s time in Bristol County, where he was held before and during his first murder trial, is coming into focus.
    A disciplinary report obtained by NBC outlines Hernandez’s transgressions, including telling one officer that Hernandez wanted to be “my father figure and show me how to be a man.” Another guard reported that after he denied Hernandez a extra tray of food, Hernandez called him “a scared b----.” The report also says that the officer noted that Hernandez said he would kill the guard and shoot his family.
    One filing recounts an altercation with another inmate that featured the inmate spitting in Hernandez’s face and calling him a member of the Bloods gang. Another highlights Hernandez punching an inmate walking with his hands behind his back in the face.

    Hernandez was taken into custody on June 26, 2013 and convicted of first-degree murder for killing Odin Lloyd on April 15, 2015. He was labeled Inmate #174954 and locked up under the supervision of sheriff Thomas Hodgson for the majority of the interim.

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    Hernandez requested specific cellmates

    Former NFL player found hanged in cell in April

    Posted:May 23, 2017 01:06 AM EDT

    (CNN) - Aaron Hernandez, the late New England Patriots player found dead last month in prison, made several requests to be moved to another part of the lockup and be bunked with other inmates, including one he called his "heart."

    Details emerged in five handwritten letters Hernandez penned to prison authorities during his time at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Massachusetts.

    The Massachusetts Department of Correction provided the letters to CNN, with some names redacted, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

    'Please make this happen'

    Hernandez implored authorities to move him to a section of the prison called P2, which he said was "where I belong."

    "I'm just trying to be placed with people I'm close with and the place my time in here will go the smoothest, which is best for me and yall," he said in one letter to Inner Perimeter Security. "I am even requesting to (bunk up/celly up) with my brother (name redacted)."

    In the same letter, he said that most inmates "go where they fit in most as long as they have no enemies" and P2 would be most fitting and "comfortable" as he got ready to settle in for a "life bid."

    "So, please make this happen," he wrote. "I even prefer to move in with (name redacted); me and him are very close and have been since the streets and that's FACT, not bullshit. He's my heart and like a real brother to me that's why I want and am requesting to go upstairs and live with him."

    In two letters, he also requests to be moved to a section called N1 after he finishes time in an orientation block.

    "I know a few people over there and I'm cool with (redacted) and knew him for a while," he said in a letter to a deputy.

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    Aaron Hernandez requested new cellmates several times before suicide
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    Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez requested new cellmates in prison several times before he committed suicide, including a request to be with one cellmate he described as “my heart,” according to letters he wrote to prison staff — first*obtained by the Boston Globe and authenticated by state officials.
    Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, was assigned to G2 housing in the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, and pleaded on several occasions to be transferred to the P2 cell. He described P2 as where he’d “end up in the long run.”
    All inmates names were redacted from the obtained letters so it was unclear who Hernandez was requesting as cellmates.

    In one of the letters, dated June 12, 2015, Hernandez wrote, “So, please make this happen and I even prefer to move in with (name redacted); me and him are very close and have been since the streets and that’s FACT, not bull*(expletive). He’s my heart and like a real brother to me that’s why I want and am requesting to go upstairs and live with him.
    “I am requesting to (bunk up) with my brother (redacted), we both want to.”
    Hernandez’s fiancé, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, addressed on the*Dr. Phil*show*rumors that Hernandez was gay and had a lover in prison.
    “The Aaron that I know, no. I got no indication that he was such,” she said. “He was very much a man to me. It’s hurtful. Whether it’s true or not, it’s not something I saw.”
    The lawyer of Kyle Kennedy, another prisoner, said that Hernadez had written Kennedy one of the three suicide letters.*Jenkins-Hernandez disputed that claim. She said there were three letters:*one addressed to their daughter,*another to her and one to Hernandez's lawyer.

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    Aaron Hernandez's Brother Makes First Public Statement Since ex-NFL Player's Death
    May 25, 2017
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    Aaron Hernandez's brother, Jonathan Hernandez, has made his first public statement since the death of the former New England Patriots star.*
    "From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone who has supported my mother and me during such difficult times.

    My younger brother Aaron was far from perfect, but I will always love him. Many stories about my brother's life have been shared with the public — except the story Aaron was brave enough to share with our mother and me. It's the one story he wanted us to share with the world.
    "It is Aaron's truth," Hernandez wrote.
    Hernandez is the older brother of the former NFL player, who was convicted of a 2013 murder and was serving life in prison before committing suicide.
    Earlier this month, a Massachusetts judge threw out the murder conviction because Aaron Hernandez died before his appeal could be heard.*

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    Prosecutors appeal Aaron Hernandez’s voided murder conviction

    Posted: 06/23/17, 5:30 PM EDT

    BOSTON >> Prosecutors are asking the highest court in Massachusetts to overturn a ruling that erased former NFL star Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction in the 2013 killing of a semi-professional football player.

    Hernandez’s conviction in the fatal shooting of Odin Lloyd was voided after the former New England Patriots player killed himself in prison.

    Under a long-held Massachusetts legal principle, courts erase the convictions of defendants who die before their direct appeals can be heard.

    Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn III filed an appeal with a single justice of the Supreme Judicial Court on Friday. He called the rule "archaic" and said it "does not serve the public interest."

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    Aaron Hernandez cases head back to court

    Hearing to be held on wrongful-death lawsuits by families

    Monday, July 10, 2017

    For the first time since Aaron Hernandez’s acquittal in a double-murder case and his suicide three months ago, lawyers for the families of two slain men return to court tomorrow to discuss their wrongful-death lawsuits against the former New England Patriot’s estate.

    A hearing to discuss the status of the civil actions filed on behalf of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado is scheduled for 2 p.m. before Suffolk Superior Court Judge Douglas H. Wilkins.

    Attorney William T. Kennedy, whose office represents both families, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

    Attorney George J. ­Leontire, a member of Hernandez’s defense team, notified the court June 30 he will be counsel for the late tight end’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez. A Bristol Probate and Family Court judge appointed her the special personal representative of Hernandez’s estate on April 26, a week after he killed himself in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley. Despite being cleared of the 2012 double-homicide in Boston’s South End, Hernandez was serving life for the 2013 murder of his friend Odin L. Lloyd in North Attleboro. That conviction was vacated because it was on appeal when Hernandez killed himself. Prosecutors have appealed to have the conviction reinstated.

    Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward of Dorchester, also has a wrongful-death suit pending against Hernandez’s estate in Bristol Superior Court.

    Leontire did not respond to a request for comment.

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    Two wrongful-death lawsuits pending against the estate of the late Aaron Hernandez will be tried in Boston, a judge ruled yesterday.

    The Herald reported last week that George Leontire, an attorney for Hernandez’s estate, wanted the cases brought by the families of murder victims Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado tried in Bristol County.

    Leontire is based in Bristol County, where the estate of the former New England Patriot tight end and North Attleboro resident was also probated. A third wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the mother of murder victim Odin L. Lloyd is pending against Hernandez’s estate in Fall River.

    But Suffolk Superior Judge Douglas Wilkins, in denying the motion argued before him last week, said de Abreu, 29, Furtado, 28, and their families “are Suffolk County residents, making venue proper here.”
    “An impartial trial in this County can occur,” Wilkins found.
    The widow of de Abreu and the father of Furtado sued Hernandez in 2014, three years before he was acquitted of the Dorchester men’s 2012 murders in the South End and then committed suicide in prison.

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