A judge ordered that three suicide notes he left behind be turned over to his fiancée before he is buried.
A private funeral was held for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez's family and friends on Monday. According to ESPN, dozens of mourners arrived for for the invitation-only service in Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, Connecticut. In attendance were his mother and fiancée, some of his defense attorneys, and former players from University of Florida and the New England Patriots.
At the request of Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, a Massachusetts judge ruled that the district attorney must provide the family with copies of all three notes Hernandez left next to a Bible before killing himself.
According to ESPN, Jenkins-Hernandez's attorney claied authorities refused to share the contents of the notes until Hernandez's death was completely investigated. The judge has now said information can be redacted from the notes before producing copies for the fiancée if needed, to protect the ongoing investigation.
A jailhouse friend of Aaron Hernandez, Kyle Kennedy, says one of three notes the left in his cell was addressed to him. Kennedy’s lawyer declined to describe Kennedy's relationship to Hernandez but said through a spokesman that Kennedy had been placed on suicide watch as a precaution. Kennedy is no longer on suicide watch according to the report.
Hernandez was serving a life sentence for 2013 murder. He hanged himself last week, just days after being acquitted in a 2012 double murder.