Investigators covered up how Aaron Hernandez spent two days doing drugs in his cell and wasn't “in the right frame of mind" when he took his own life, according to documents seen by RadarOnline.com.
The disgraced former New England Patriots player hung himself with a bed sheet while serving a life sentence for murder in a Massachusetts prison in 2017, and authorities have been accused of trying to hide the extent of his use of illegal drugs in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, Lancaster.
A redacted portion of a public report showed how a prisoner interviewed on the day Hernandez died in April said: "Well he’s spent the last two days smoking K2 in his cell and he wasn’t in the right frame of mind.
“That s**t is f**king all these young kids up. They aren’t going to stop no matter what happens in here."
K2 – also known as Spice - is a mix of industrial chemicals intended to recreate the effects of marijuana, known to provoke psychotic episodes and extreme cases of anxiety and paranoia in users.
The prisoner also stated that when he had seen Hernandez a day earlier he seemed positive and in a good mood, after five days earlier being acquitted in a double murder.
George Leontire, a lawyer for Hernandez, told the Boston Globe newspaper: “Any disturbing commentary about the state’s investigation was clearly hidden from the public, Aaron’s lawyers, and his family.”
A prison official said the individual quoted in the document’s comments were blacked out because a separate investigation into drug use at the prison was underway and they didn’t want to compromise that.
Hernandez – who was convicted of the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd – was reportedly a user of marijuana and other drugs when he was free. Although it was widely reported he had been smoking drugs in prison, and other inmates have said he smoked K2 while inside, a state toxicology report concluded there was no evidence of him having used drugs in his system at the time of his death.
However, toxicologist Marilyn Huestis said the drugs are so potent and the composition of them changes so often lab tests often miss them.
The government’s investigation into Hernandez’s death was deeply flawed, according to his former lawyer Jose Baez.
At the time, he fumed: “The total lack of professionalism exhibited by government officials and their employees during this entire process is unprecedented.”
The former football player’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, also considered a negligence lawsuit against state prison officials for failing to prevent it.
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