“I was doing research this morning,” said John M. Thompson, a state-appointed attorney who was representing Hernandez. “The first thing we have to do is get a death certificate. Once we have the official documentation, we will file the motion and see whether it’s contested.”
Hernandez, who just last week was acquitted in an unrelated 2012 double murder in South Boston, was found hanging in his cell early Wednesday morning. He was pronounced dead just over an hour later.
The 27-year-old former star was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.