NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Aaron Hernandez’s fiancée is heading back to court Friday.
Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez has filed a motion in Bristol Superior Court to request that a judge formally order the Department of Correction to preserve evidence related to Hernandez’s death. An emergency hearing on the motion is scheduled for 2 p.m. in New Bedford. Hernandez’s attorney, Jose Baez, has vowed to conduct his own investigation in light of what he considers to be a “culture of misconduct” in Boston.
Hernandez, 27, died in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center Wednesday morning. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Henry N. Nields performed an autopsy on Hernandez and concluded that the death was a suicide caused by asphyxia, according to a statement issued by Worcester District Attorney Joseph R. Early Jr., state police Col. Richard McKeon and Secretary of Public Safety Daniel Bennett.
Hernandez was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole after being convicted of killing Odin Lloyd in 2015.
Five days before his suicide, Hernandez was acquitted of a double homicide in Boston.
Hernandez’s fiancée brought their 4-year-old daughter, Avielle, to court two days before Hernandez was acquitted.