Aaron Hernandez stuffed cardboard in the tracks of his cell door before his death, according to new details surrounding the former National Football League star's reported suicide at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility on April 19.
A report released by state police Thursday says "John 3:16" was written on Hernandez's forehead and on the cell wall. The verse reads, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life". The officer said he asked Hernandez to remove the sheet or sound off.
He was found hanged in his cell at the Souza-Baranowksi maximum-security prison on April 19 while serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder.
The letter Shayanna - who took the last name Hernandez even though they weren't married - was released by the Bristol County district attorney's office in CT ahead of a court hearing on Tuesday to determine whether Hernandez's 2015 murder conviction should be thrown out.
The Bible prison officials say was found in Aaron Hernandez's cell.
A Hernandez family attorney, who is conducting his own investigation into the death, last month dismissed as "ridiculous" local media reports about the Bible reference.
"Officers were struggling with attempting to hold up inmate Hernandez due to his large size, and the fact that (he) had sprayed soap and water all over the floor of his cell", one guard wrote.
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A copy of the note was filed in court Friday by the MA district attorney's office, which is opposing an effort by Hernandez's lawyers to formally vacate his 2015 conviction for Lloyd's murder, which was under appeal.
The report described interviews with inmates who said that in the days before his death, Hernandez appeared happy about his acquittal and seemed to be looking forward to the future. One officer said he last saw Hernandez around 1 a.m. on April 19. The report states that Hernandez and the individual were "known to feud with each other within the institution". Dr. Nields determined the cause of death to be asphyxia by hanging.
The report also said Hernandez knew about MA case law that says a prisoner's convictions can be erased if he dies before his appeal has been heard, as Hernandez did.
The report rules out, based on a toxicology study, synthetic marijuana or any other substances; published reports had suggested that Hernandez smoked the substance the evening before the suicide.
In the brief suicide note, Hernandez tells Jenkins to "live life" and to "tell my story fully but never think anything besides how much I love you". But when he was arrested on charges of murder and gun possession in 2013, he was cut from the team.
Earlier this year, the Boston Globe reported on how MA prisons have the fourth-highest rate of prison suicides in the country, with a rate of 32 suicides per 100,000 state and federal prisoners.
Friends and family attended Aaron Hernandez's funeral on April 24 in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut.