Aaron Hernandez, a tight end for the New England Patriots between 2010 and 2012, was found hanging in his cell on Wednesday morning at approximately 3:05 a.m., according to the state Department of Corrections. Hernandez, who was serving life without parole for the murder of Odin Lloyd, had just been acquitted of two additional murder charges five days ago.
In a statement, DOC spokesman Christopher Fallon wrote: "Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items."
Hernandez's lawyer, Jose Baez, wrote: "Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence. Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death."
Lisa Newman-Polk, attorney and licensed social worker. Former mental health professional in Souza Baranowski.
This article was originally published on April 19, 2017.
This segment aired on April 19, 2017.