Prison Officials Didn't Believe That Aaron Hernandez Was Suicidal

Fallon said he was not aware of any suicide note and officials had no reason to believe Hernandez was suicidal. That was first reported by The Boston Globe, citing another one of Hernandez's lawyers.

In 2012, when he was 22, Aaron Hernandez signed a record $40 million contract with the Patriots.

(AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File).

Why now? Is there more to the story?

Legally speaking, Aaron Hernandez may have become a free man in his death.

Now the money he made as one of the brightest young talents in the National Football League is the subject of competing legal claims - but questions remain about how much is left, and how his death will affect the civil cases. "Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence", Baez said in a statement. Guards found Hernandez just after 3 a.m., Correction Department spokesman Christopher Fallon said. Those who knew Hernandez said Wednesday they doubted he would commit suicide.

Details of the suicide still are coming to light, but both the Massachusetts State Police and the Worcester Country District Attorney's Office are launching an investigation into Hernandez's death. The team's owner, Robert Kraft, and coach, Bill Belichick did not address Hernandez's death in their remarks and players declined to comment on it.

Still, he was a productive tight end for the Patriots for three seasons. The Patriots dismissed him from the team upon his arrest in August of 2013 in the Lloyd murder case. In May 2015, Hernandez agreed to be a lookout for an inmate who fought another inmate at the prison where he died.

Last week, Hernandez was acquitted of all but a gun charge in a lengthy trial in the 2012 shooting deaths of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu.

Hernandez and Jenkins have a 4-year-old daughter, Avielle Janelle Hernandez.

Investigators suggested Hernandez shot Lloyd to keep him quiet about the two earlier killings.

However, it may not be plain sailing: Hernandez was due for an appeal at the time he died, and under a long-standing MA legal principle, courts customarily vacate the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals are heard.

Friends also were grieving in CT, where Hernandez was raised. "That was a positive thing in our minds", said Alex Cugno, who grew up with Hernandez in Bristol. "I don't believe that he would have killed himself. It just doesn't add up".

Collins contributed from Hartford, Connecticut.

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