Aaron Hernandez's conviction could be tossed due to 'quirky' law

Aaron Hernandez spent nearly four years in prison before being found hanged in his prison cell on Wednesday morning in an apparent suicide. Hernandez, 27, was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to a statement released by the DOC. He said he wants to know how often Hernandez was checked on and whether foul play could have been involved.

Both Hernandez's agent and lawyer do not believe the ex-Patriot was suicidal, and neither did the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, according to ABC News.

What is the family's reaction? Hernandez's attorney, Jose Baez, said his firm also will launch its own investigation. "Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence", Baez said in a statement. His death was "a shocking and sad end to a very tragic series of events that has negatively impacted a number of families", said Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn, who prosecuted Hernandez in the Lloyd case.

But authorities have yet to release the incident report, officers' logs, video footage from the area around Hernandez's cell or other details about prison protocol, despite repeated requests from The Associated Press. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Investigators suggested Hernandez shot Lloyd to keep him quiet about the two earlier killings.

He also has a four-year-old daughter, Avielle with his long-time girlfriend Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, who changed her name to incorporate his; in 2012 he bought a home for $1.3 million.

Under Massachusetts law, the verdict in the 2013 murder will be overturned since he died before exhausting his appeal process.

Wasn't he back in the news last week?

The former University of Florida standout died five days after a jury acquitted him in those two deaths, which prosecutors alleged were precipitated by one of the men accidentally spilling a drink on Hernandez at a Boston nightclub.

However, it may not be plain sailing: Hernandez was due for an appeal at the time he died, and under a long-standing MA legal principle, courts customarily vacate the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals are heard. Jenkins-Hernandez has yet to issue a public comment, nor has Hernandez's brother or mother. Lawyer Michael Coyne appeared on CSNNE on Wednesday and said Hernandez's bonus money, base pay and National Football League pension could still be paid out if the guilty conviction disappears.