Former NFL star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was found dead hanging in his jail cell early this morning. The former player’s life has been in a tailspin since being arrested, convicted and slapped with a life sentence for a murder conviction in 2013.
The bizarre factor regarding this hanging is the fact just days ago, Hernandez was fighting to beat a double-murder charge; a court battle he won with an acquittal.
After that court victory, his defense attorney, Jose Baez, indicated Hernandez could win an appeal of the earlier conviction and be back with his family in the future. So if the game plan was to beat all convictions and charges and get back on the street, why would Hernandez suddenly shift gears and kill himself?
Was there foul play involved in this hanging? If so, it would take an army to beat down Hernandez and do the deed. But according to a statement released by the prison, guards at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Massachusetts found Hernandez hanging from a bed sheet attached to a window in his cell at about 3 a.m. and the inside of the cell had items crammed against the door to stop or delay an attempted entry.
After hearing the news of the hanging, Hernandez’s former agent Brian Murphy said there was “absolutely no chance” his former client would commit suicide.
At the time of this article there has been no mention of a suicide note and prison officials said there is an active ongoing investigation.
Attorney Baez also made a statement, saying:
“Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence… The Baez Law Firm will participate in its own examination into this tragic event.”
Just last Friday, Hernandez was emotional after being acquitted of the 2012 double-murder shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Although he was still serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for his earlier murder conviction, he appeared to be poised to fight that conviction with an appeal.
So Hernandez is found hanging in a cell on the same day his former Patriots team is visiting the White House to celebrate their latest Super Bowl win. Hmm, that’s just another bizarre thought to throw into this unforeseen incident.