Aaron Hernandez's family has reportedly made arrangements for his brain to be donated to Boston University's CTE center, so that it may be examined to determine whether there is evidence of him suffering from the football related illness CTE [Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy]. But according to Hernandez's attorney, Jose Baez, his brain is being held by authorities, and he expressed his concern that a "culture of misconduct" from law enforcement in Boston might translate into a "destruction of evidence," he has called for it to be immediately released to its rightful destination.
Baez held a press conference outside of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Thursday, April 20, where he voiced the complaint, calling the actions of the commonwealth illegal. "If we don’t get answers and answers quickly, we’re going straight to court,” Baez said. “We’re investigating everything. We’re not rejecting anything. We’re keeping all of our options open, which is what everybody else should be doing."
It was reported that Hernandez's life came to a sudden end when his body was discovered hanging lifeless in his jail cell on Wednesday morning. While he was looking at spending the rest of his life in prison, Baez had just helped the former New England Patriots star beat a double murder charge, and was expressing confidence to the press that he could also help Hernandez beat the conviction that kept him behind bars for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013. During an interview with TMZ, Baez said given Hernandez could bring him on board to defend him in his appeal, he could get him out of prison.
Some have suspected that the alleged suicide could actually be a murder. According to officials, there is evidence that Hernandez had been smoking synthetic marijuana in the hours leading up to his death. An autopsy on his body is yet to have been released.