Monday, 21 May, 2018

Questions abound in aftermath of NFL star Hernandez's death

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Stacy Diaz | 21 April, 2017, 19:04

Hernandez's body has been released to his family for burial, but the medical examiner has retained custody of his brain, despite the family's wish to donate it to the Boston University CTE Center, Baez said. The medical examiner released Hernandez's body Thursday, but Baez says the office has not given them back the brain, as initially promised.

A spokesperson for Boston University said, "It is our policy that we do not and can not discuss any ongoing, completed or potential case (s) without specific consent from the family".

Baez said the examiner's office is keeping Hernandez's brain illegally and he planned to take the matter to court. "It is literally a destruction of evidence". Guards found Hernandez shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Prison officials said they are not aware of any suicide note written by Hernandez and they had no concern that Hernandez might take his own life.

As reported, the disgraced 27-year-old was found dead in his prison cell on Wednesday after an apparent suicide. Otherwise, he would have been transferred to a mental health unit, Fallon said. State police spokesman Dave Procopio also cited the "active" investigation in not releasing more information.

His death is being investigated by the Massachusetts State Police and the Department of Correction.

Hernandez's body was released to the Faggas Funeral Home in Watertown, Massachusetts, after an autopsy.

Of course, even if Hernandez's family is able to get the Patriots and the National Football League to pay up-and that's a big if-they probably wouldn't get to keep the money very long.

He had been serving a life sentence without parole for the 2013 slaying of a onetime friend.

During his trial in Boston for the killing of two men in Boston in 2012, Hernandez appeared upbeat, constantly backslapping his lawyers, letting out bellowing laughs and blowing kisses to his 4-year-old daughter and other family members in the audience.

Hernandez's death came just five days after his acquittal in the 2012 slayings of two men outside a Boston nightclub in a separate case.

One of Aaron Hernandez's lawyers says the ex-NFL star spoke with his fiancee hours before his apparent suicide in prison.

It was the last act in the downfall of an athlete who once seemed to have everything, including a five-year $40 million contract extension, and threw it all away.

(Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool, File).

It may never be clear why Hernandez would kill himself just days after he was cleared of two additional murder charges.

The 5,800-square-foot house with 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms was put on the market for $1.5 million in March 2016. Since then, the asking price has dropped to $1.3 million.

Odin Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, is still pursuing the "summary judgment motion that was allowed months ago that already established [Hernandez's] liability in this case", her attorney, Doug Sheff, said, adding that they now expect to be able to "move ahead on the damages portion of the case".