Hours after Massachusetts corrections officials announced that Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell of an apparent suicide, his lawyer has called for a “transparent and thorough” investigation into whether the ex-NFL star was murdered instead.
Attorney Jose Baez, who has been representing the former New England Patriot star, released a statement on Wednesday saying that both his family and legal team were “shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron’s death.”
“There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible,” Baez continued in the statement. “Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence.”
“We request that authorities conduct a transparent and thorough investigation,” he added.
Baez also announced plans to open its own investigation into the “tragic event” and report on the findings.
Baez and Hernandez’s inner circle believe he might have been murdered either “by inmates or the folks who run the prison.”
Hernandez had been serving a life sentence without parole after being convicted of murder, but had been acquitted of a separate 2012 double murder last week.