Sheriff Hodgson knew Hernandez, he speaks out
Wednesday morning, it was discovered that former Patriots tight end, Aaron Hernandez had taken his own life in his prison cell. They believed he committed suicide around 3:05am, They spent a good amount of time trying to revive Hernandez but unfortunately they were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at at 4:07am. He was found with a bible scripture, John 3:16 on his forehead. The scripture reads: "for God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son that whoever should believe in him shall not perish but have everlasting life"-John 3:16. Hernandez was not on the suicide watch list and he showed no signs at all of him committing suicide. He did have trouble in prison with other inmates and had been involved in multiple fights with inmates where punches have been exchanged so he had a history of altercations in custody.
Aaron Hernandez has been in prison serving a life sentence for the convicted murder of Odin Lloyd. He however did just recently as last Friday have get acquitted of those charges. Hernandez once hearing from the jury that he was "not guilty" wept in front of the court, showing an unexpected expression of emotion. This was out of character for him as he usually is very good at compartmentalizing his emotions. It took the jury 37 hours of deliberating over six days to come to this verdict. In addition, now that Hernandez has passed away, his conviction has been erased under a long standing legal principle called "abatement ab initio".
There is a lot of speculation as to whether or not Hernandez actually committed suicide. This family and friends say that they don't believe he would ever take his own life. His own agent, Brian Murphy said, "Absolutely no chance he took his own life. Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life." Despite the family's thoughts, Hernandez was still found in his cell with the door blocked by furniture, making it hard for others from the outside to get into his cell so that raises the question as to how someone else could have gotten in to harm Hernandez. All the evidence right now points to suicide but the investigation is still on going.
Sheriff Hodgson of Bristol County knew Aaron Hernandez and commented on his behavior and time in jail: