Ex-NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Dead After Hanging Self in Cell [Associated Press]

MILFORD, Mass. (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell Wednesday morning, Massachusetts prisons officials said. Hernandez, 27, was found by guards in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley just after 3 a.m., Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon said in a statement. The former New England Patriots tight end was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster about…

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Ex-NFL Star Hernandez Aquitted in Boston Double-Murder [Associated Press]

BOSTON (AP) — Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who is already serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was acquitted Friday in a 2012 double slaying prosecutors said was fueled by his anger over a spilled drink. The former tight end for the New England Patriots wept quietly as the verdicts were read in Boston. A few moments later, he looked back at his fiancee and nodded somberly as relatives of the victims sobbed loudly. A defense attorney hugged him. After six days of deliberations, the jury found Hernandez not…