Hernandez pal can't believe he killed himself

Hernandez was found early Wednesday morning hung in his jail cell at Souza Correctional Center in MA, where he was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

A legal rule called "abatement ab initio", which means "from the beginning" in Latin, could make Hernandez an innocent man, Martin W. Healy, chief legal counsel to the Massachusetts Bar Association told The Boston Globe. Massachusetts State Police, the Worcester County District Attorney's Office and the Correction Department are investigating the death.

During his trial in 2015 for the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, which I witnessed firsthand for a day, he swaggered into the courtroom as if he had just stepped out of a five-star resort rather than a six-by-eight-foot cell.

Hernandez apparently killed himself by hanging himself from a bedsheet affixed to a window in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley.

But now that Hernandez will be, in the eyes of the court, an innocent man, the team may be compelled to pay his estate the remain signing bonus.

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Team spokesman Stacey James said the Patriots were aware of the reports of Hernandez's death but didn't anticipate the club commenting Wednesday.

News of the death came just hours before his former New England Patriots teammates visited the White House Wednesday to celebrate their Super Bowl victory. The onetime tight end was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead about an hour later.

A MA prisons spokesman says he's not aware of any suicide note written by Aaron Hernandez before the former New England Patriots star hanged himself in his cell, but stresses that the investigation is ongoing. "Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence", Baez said in a statement. "Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death". The assistant deputy commissioner of communications, Christopher Fallon, told The Associated Press that officials had not been concerned that Mr. Hernandez was a suicide risk. If they had been, he would have been transferred to a mental health unit, Mr Fallon added. His name had also come up in an investigation into a shooting.

When Hernandez was acquitted last week of a double murder, there was speculation on Twitter and Facebook that he would win an appeal in the Lloyd case and be freed. On Friday, a Boston jury found Hernandez not guilty of the 2012 deaths of two men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Hernandez and Tebow played three seasons together at the University of Florida, winning the BCS National Championship in 2009. He had 79 receptions for 910 yards and seven touchdowns in his second year to help the team reach the Super Bowl.

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