The attorney who helped acquit Aaron Hernandez of double murder just days before the former NFL star hung himself in his prison cell says that a widely circulated story about a suicide note addressed to a purported prison boyfriend is not true.
Defense attorney Jose Baez told TMZ on Monday that reports claiming Hernandez left a suicide note to a ‘prison lover’ are not to be believed — and Baez indicated he wasn’t convinced his client actually took his own life.
Rumors of letters to a gay lover, in or out of prison, are false. These are malicious leaks used to tarnish somebody who is dead.
Hernandez was serving a life sentence at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Massachusetts for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd when he died.
Last week, Newsweek published a report claiming that law enforcement sources confirmed Hernandez had a romantic relationship with a fellow inmate, and that he had a previous relationship with a male high school friend — a secret that may have been a motive in the murder of Lloyd, who is believed to have known about the relationship, according to the Newsweek report.
The attorney, who as of late last week was reportedly launching an investigation into the circumstances of Hernandez’s death, told TMZ on Monday that he was not sure if the death was a result of suicide or foul play.
“There is still plenty we are investigating,” Baez said.
Hernandez was found hanged to death in his jail cell early Wednesday morning. A medical examiner ruled the death a suicide the next day.
On Monday, a judge ruled that Hernandez’s family be given copies of the three suicide notes that were reportedly found with his body. The Boston Globe had earlier reported that two of the notes were addressed to Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins, and his four-year-old daughter, respectively. The Daily Mail was among the first to report that a third suicide note was allegedly addressed to Hernandez’s purported prison boyfriend. On Monday, the Daily Mail revealed the identity of the inmate believed to be that boyfriend, citing sources within the Massachusetts correctional facility where both inmates were held.
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