Some close to Aaron Hernandez believe the convicted murderer may have been murdered, with his former agent saying there’s “absolutely no chance” he committed suicide.
The late Patriots tight end was found hanging in his cell early Wednesday morning at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., according the state’s Department of Correction. Hernandez was then transported to UMass Leominster where he was pronounced dead.
But the ex-NFL star’s former agent, Brian Murphy, and defense attorney, Jose Baez, are skeptical that he killed himself.
“Absolutely no chance he took his own life,” Murphy tweeted. “Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life.”
The 27-year-old — who was serving a life sentence without the possibility for parole for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd — was found dead just five days after a jury found him not guilty for a 2012 double homicide. Baez, who was hired by Hernandez last summer to represent him in the latest trial, said “there were no conversations that would have indicated anything like this was possible.”
“Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence,” Baez said in a statement, referring to the possibility that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court would overturn his client’s first-degree murder conviction. “Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death. We request that authorities conduct a transparent and thorough investigation.”
The defense attorney, who added the Baez Law Firm will participate “in its own examination” into what occurred, believes Hernandez may have been murdered by fellow inmates or those who work for the prison, according to TMZ Sports.
Hernandez was a fourth-round draft pick with a promising NFL career who played three seasons with the Patriots.