The Worcester County District Attorney’s office confirmed Monday that three suicide notes were handed to the family of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez. Officials initially reported that there were not any suicide letters found in the cell.
Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez’s lawyer filed a motion in Bristol County Superior Court to have them released to the family after the DA refused to do so.
Paul Jarvey, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said the letters were emailed to Leontire on Monday after Judge Thomas McGuire ordered their release. Leontire is the lawyer for Hernandez’s fiancee.
Jarvey confirmed one of the letters was addressed to Jenkins-Hernandez and another to the couple’s daughter. The third note was left for Hernandez’s fellow inmate friend, Kyle Kennedy.
According to Kennedy’s lawyer, the letter has not been sent to his client but a request will be made to have it turned over immediately.
Investigators found the three handwritten notes next to a an open Bible in Hernandez’s cell.
The former NFL player wrote the bible scripture “John 3:16” on his forehead. The Bible 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.”
Leontire is seeking prison cell video recordings and all of Hernandez’s property.
Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell just days after being acquitted of a double murder charge. He was serving a life sentence for the murder of semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd in 2013.
SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Text HOME to 741741 for a Crisis Text Line.