"YOU'RE RICH," Aaron Hernandez told fiancee Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez in one of his three suicide notes—but the manner of his death means that the only ones with a guaranteed payday are the lawyers. According to a court filing Friday that included the suicide note, Hernandez told a fellow inmate that someone who dies in prison with an open appeal is considered innocent, Deadspin reports. His family is seeking to have his murder conviction vacated. If this happens, the New England Patriots may have to pay millions of dollars to Hernandez's estate, and this has raised suspicions that the former player may have killed himself to make sure Jenkins and their daughter would be "set for life," according to TMZ.
State prosecutors are using the letter to argue against vacating Hernandez's conviction, saying it would "reward the defendant's conscious, deliberate, and voluntary act," CNN reports. They also argue that by killing himself, Hernandez technically completed his life sentence. In the letter, Hernandez also described his death as "the Almighty’s plan" and urged his fiancee to "tell my story fully," the Boston Globe reports. A lawyer for the Hernandez family called the release of the letter unnecessary, accusing prosecutors of "punishing and torturing the Hernandez family" in their time of grief. (A police report released Thursday describes the bloody scene in Hernandez's prison cell.)