Hernandez lawyer wants murder conviction erased
- Author: Loretta Pittman Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 0:55
According to TMZ, Jenkins, who is the mother of Hernandez's 4-year-old daughter, has sued the department to keep them from discarding or destroying physical evidence as well as video and prison records because she believes that Hernandez was murdered and did not actually commit suicide. She wasn't present for Friday's hearing.
A hearing has been scheduled for Friday afternoon in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He was already serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.
Jenkins-Hernandez also filed papers in court Friday saying she is contemplating a lawsuit over the supervision Hernandez received while in prison. Authorities say he left three notes next to a Bible in his cell.
The declaration by prosecutors, state police and public health officials came after a tumultuous day in which Hernandez's lawyer suggested the state was mishandling the investigation and illegally withholding his brain after releasing the rest of the body to a funeral home. MA prison officials said Hernandez hanged him.
Baez says he has retained Dr Michael Baden, a former chief medical examiner for New York City, to perform an independent autopsy.
Questions have been raised over whether guards carried out the proper hourly cellblock checks.
"Mr. Hernandez was locked in his cell about 8 p.m. and no one entered the cell until a correction officer observed him at 3:03 a.m. and forced his way through the impeded door to render aid".
Sheff said he did not know how much money was left in the Hernandez estate after two first-degree murder trials against Hernandez.
Wearing a pin bearing a photo of her son, Ward said she planned to use the money from a civil suit to create a college scholarship fund.
Hernandez's appellate attorney, John Thompson, told the Boston Globe on Wednesday that he expected to file the appropriate paperwork to make that happen. That's the MA jurisdiction where Hernandez was tried and convicted in the 2013 slaying of Lloyd.
Thompson didn't say when he'll file the request.
Courts in MA customarily vacate the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals are heard.
"There were no signs of a struggle, and investigators determined that Mr. Hernandez was alone at the time of the hanging", the Worcester County district attorney's office said in a statement.
Hernandez, a former New England Patriots football star, was found dead in his jail cell at 3:05 a.m. Wednesday at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley.
All first-degree murder convictions in MA trigger an automatic appeal.
He had been serving a life sentence without parole for the 2013 slaying of a one-time friend. Just days before his death, Hernandez was acquitted in the murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, reports Inquisitr.