Crime: Baker wants to know ‘what happened and why’ in Hernandez death

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  Twitter reacts to news of Aaron Hernandez being found not guilty in double murder case Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been found not guilty in a 2012 double murder case outside a Boston nightclub.But Hernandez recently stood trial for another crime, a double murder case stemming from a 2012 incident outside a Boston nightclub. Earlier today, the jury found Hernandez not guilty in that case, which came as a surprise to many.

Aaron Hernandez marked his forehead with a biblical phrase before apparently taking his own life Wednesday. © Keith Bedford/Globe Staff Aaron Hernandez marked his forehead with a biblical phrase before apparently taking his own life Wednesday. Governor Charlie Baker on Thursday said he has confidence in the state corrections department as it looks to find out what went wrong before the apparent prison suicide of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez.

“Our response is going to be primarily to investigate to make sure that everybody understands exactly what happened and when, and why,” Baker told reporters.

He said he did not believe anybody has been disciplined in the wake of Hernandez’s Wednesday suicide, but the investigation continues.

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  Hernandez's lawyer thinks ex-NFL star was murdered? One of the attorneys who represented Aaron Hernandez in his most recent murder trial does not believe the former NFL star would take his own life, and the lawyer is planning to investigate the death. Jose Baez, who helped Hernandez get acquitted just days ago of murdering two men outside a Boston nightclub back in 2012, has launched an investigation on behalf of Hernandez’s family. Baez has reportedly not ruled out that Hernandez was murdered by either his fellow inmates or someone who works at the prison where he was being held.

“Look, any time anybody kills themselves in a prison, something clearly went wrong,” the governor said. He added that he supports the leadership of the state Department of Correction.

Massachusetts has made strides in recent decades to improve mental health care and deter suicides in prison, but the rate of self-inflicted inmate deaths remains among the highest in the country.

“People have made progress on this issue,” Baker said. “But obviously, one is too many and we’ll investigate this thoroughly and make whatever adjustments we need to.”

He said he would not make decisions based on the early details and rumors surrounding the incident.

“I’m not going to draw any conclusions about this until the investigation is finished,” Baker said.

Hernandez, 27, was found hanging from a bedsheet by a corrections officer around 3:05 a.m. Wednesday in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley. Hernandez was serving a life sentence without parole for murder.

Ex-NFL star's estate currently worthless, home to be sold .
Court records show the estate of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez currently has a dollar value of zero.The former New England Patriots tight end took his own life last week in prison.Hernandez's fiancee and her lawyer said in an affidavit filed Wednesday in probate court that Hernandez's estate is currently worth "$0.00" with "no monies available and no identifiable personal assets." The Boston Herald first reported on the affidavit.But there is an offer to buy Hernandez's house -- worth nearly $1.3 million.

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