On Wednesday, 27-year-old former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez hung himself in his cell after being served a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.
Since his death, a legal dispute has surfaced between the Massachusetts medical examiner’s office and Hernandez’s family over the possession of his brain.
According to Reuters, Hernandez’s family wanted to donate his brain to Boston University’s CTE center for chronic traumatic encephalopathy research.
The family’s lawyer, Jose Baez, claims the medical examiner’s office turned over Hernandez’ remains to his family but failed to give back his brain. The office also refused to give the brain to a Boston University representative when they arrived to pick it up for their center.
“The family should be able to have the dignity of a proper service in the proper possession of Aaron’s remains,” Baez told reporters. “This is not amateur hour. I have serious questions as to their ability to conduct this study.”
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