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Police: No Drugs Found in Aaron Hernandez's System

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    A full report by Massachusetts State Police reveals new details Aaron Hernandez's suicide.

    (Published Thursday, May 4, 2017)

    Massachusetts State Police have released a full report on the death of Aaron Hernandez.

    The report confirms no drugs were found in Hernandez's system after his suicide. The phrase "John 3:16" was written on his forehead in ink. It was also written on the wall using "a substance consistent with blood," with that verse in his Bible marked in blood.

    According to the police report, the door to Hernandez's cell had been "pegged," meaning cardboard had been placed in the tracks of the door to keep it from opening.

    After correction officers opened the door manually, they found the floor slippery with shampoo and Hernandez hanging naked from the bars of his window using a bed sheet. Officers tried to lift him to relieve the pressure on his neck, and they performed CPR on him after he was cut down.

    He was taken to UMass Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster. He never regained consciousness before he was pronounced dead.

    There were no signs of a struggle in Hernandez's cell. Aside from a cut on his right middle finger and marks from the sheet around his neck, there were no signs of trauma on his body.

    Defense attorney, Jose Baez, issued a statement criticizing the state's handling of the report, saying that Hernandez's family learned the details through media reports.

    "The total lack of professionalism exhibited by government officials and their emloyees during this entire process is unprecedented," he said. "The majority of information contained in these reports was leaked to the press during the course of the investigation. The family was never advised during the investigation or before the report was released today as to any of the specifics of the investigation."

    Baez added that his team owes it to Hernandez's family to conduct an independent investigation.

    Authorities have officially ruled Hernandez's death a suicide. He died in prison just days after being found not guilty of a 2012 double murder. The former Patriots tight end was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

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