Hubbub Over Hernandez's 3rd Suicide Note Rages On

Lawyer for 'close friend' wants it released; Hernandez lawyer bashes gay lover rumors
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2017 9:21 AM CDT
Hubbub Over Hernandez's 3rd Suicide Note Rages On
This 2015 booking photo released by the Northbridge Police Department in Massachusetts shows Kyle Kennedy, serving time at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass.   (Northbridge Police Department via AP)

One of the letters was said to have been to Aaron Hernandez's fiancee, a second to his young daughter. But the nature of a third suicide note Hernandez is believed to have left behind remains shrouded in mystery—and now the lawyer of Kyle Kennedy, who says he was a "close friend" of Hernandez in prison, says his client wants that third letter (which he believes was written to him) released, NBC News reports. Attorney Larry Army Jr. also said at a Wednesday presser that Kennedy would eventually reveal the "nature and extent" of his relationship with the ex-Patriots player. But sources tell TMZ the third letter was actually penned to Hernandez's lawyer, Jose Baez, who issued a statement Tuesday via NBC's ProFootballTalk bashing whispers of a letter "to a gay lover, in or out of prison" as "false" and calling the rumors "malicious leaks used to tarnish someone who is dead."

Per the Boston Globe, however, Army says the letter may have been written in a kind of prison code, and that his client may have been referred to by his prison nickname. Army also revealed Hernandez had referenced suicide weeks before his death in a different letter to Kennedy, writing, "I think I'm going to hang it up." He adds his client wants a $47,000 watch he says Hernandez gave him, the AP reports. Rumblings about the men's relationship began after a Newsweek story claiming the third letter was left to Hernandez's "prison boyfriend," subsequently ID'd by the Daily Mail as Kennedy, who's serving a sentence for armed robbery. The Worcester County DA's office hasn't been much help, with a rep telling NBC Monday, "The information I have is unclear." Kennedy released a statement with condolences for Hernandez's family, saying, "I miss my friend, Aaron Hernandez," per NBC. (More Aaron Hernandez stories.)

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