Jose Baez, the attorney who secured a not guilty verdict in the recent double-murder trial of Aaron Hernandez, says he will examine how the former NFL star and convicted murderer died after Massachusetts authorities announced he committed suicide in prison Wednesday morning.
“The family and legal team is shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron’s death,” Baez said in a statement. “There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible.”
Baez, who was handling Hernandez’s appeal of his conviction for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, adds that Hernandez was ready for future court proceedings. “Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence,” he says.
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“Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death,” Baez continued. “We request that authorities conduct a transparent and thorough investigation.”
In addition to the state investigation, the defense says they will look into Hernandez’s death. “The Baez Law Firm will participate in its own examination into this tragic event and update the media and public on its findings when they become available.”