In final hours, Hernandez thought of family, not football
04:55, Apr 28, 2017
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The brain of former National Football League star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez will be turned over to a center for study about possible brain trauma, authorities said Thursday, after an attorney for his family accused them of "illegally" withholding it.
Hernandez's family and legal team were shocked by the awful news, as the 27-year-old showed no signs he was suicidal - some even questioned if the suicide was staged to cover up a murder by his fellow inmates.
His fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, had filed court papers on behalf of his estate, asking that prison officials be barred from altering or destroying any potential evidence, including Hernandez's writings, video and audio recordings and medical records. Hernandez's appeal was still in its early stages and hadn't yet been heard when he hanged himself early Wednesday.
"They're being vague about what their intentions are", Baez said.
Also Friday, Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, told reporters in Boston she still forgives Hernandez and prays he found peace. CTE, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, is a disease often found in the brains of athletes who have sustained head traumas.
In 2013, the football player allegedly shot Odin Lloyd and left him for dead in an industrial park near his North Attleboro home.
Officials said they found three handwritten notes next to a Bible in Hernandez's cell but did not disclose the contents. But Baez added that the medical examiner's office has not yet released the brain for examination.
Hernandez reportedly used cardboard to block his door and keep officers from coming into his cell.
Baez earlier on Thursday accused the state of reneging on a deal to hand Hernandez's brain over along with his body.
"They have released the body and withheld Aaron's brain", attorney Jose Baez said Thursday afternoon.
Baez, who has been retained by the Hernandez family to investigate his death, had said he may take the medical examiner's office to court. According to one report, Hernandez's victory in that trial may not have been relevant.
The news comes as his lawyer and family claim the MA medical examiner is "illegally" holding on to Hernandez's brain.
The former University of Florida standout died five days after a jury acquitted him in those two deaths, which prosecutors alleged were precipitated by one of the men accidentally spilling a drink on Hernandez at a Boston nightclub.
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