Lawyers are heading to court Friday to demand access to a wide range of evidence gleaned during the investigation into the prison suicide this week of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez.
Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, on her behalf and on behalf of the couple’s 4-year-old daughter, Avielle, is seeking a preliminary injunction targeting the Department of Correction and the superintendent of the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center where Hernandez died Wednesday.
In papers filed by New Bedford attorney George Leontire, Hernandez’s long-time fiancee asked, among other things, that the state produce all Hernandez’s writings.
On Thursday, Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.’s office said that three notes were found next to a Bible in Hernandez’s cell. Prosecutors have refused to disclose the contents of those notes or whom they were addressed to.
Here is a list of the other evidence that the lawyers want access to:
- All contents of his cell
- Video recordings/logs of the cellblock
- Video recordings/logs of Hernandez in his cell
- Cell check logs
- The sheets, ligature, from/on Hernandez and his cell
- Medical equipment used to provide emergency care to Hernandez
- Any and all photos taken of the scene
- All prison and hospital medical records
- Any clothes that Hernandez may have been wearing or which were removed from his body in the course of providing emergency medical care
- Records and recordings of any 911 or other emergency calls related to Hernandez
- Any and all transmissions from the prison, the correctional facility, or correction officers related to Hernandez or his medical emergency, as well as requests for medical assistance via phone, radio, electronic or other media.
- Any and all recorded telephone calls made to or from Hernandez to any individual for the period of 30 days leading up to his death
- Any and all recorded telephone calls made to or from any incarcerated individual who was housed in Hernandez’s cellblock for the period of 30 days leading up to his Hemandez’s death
- Any and all forensics, investigative reports or evidence of any kind
- Records of any and all prisoner interviews
- Records of any and all interviews with any correctional facility employees
The hearing is set for 2 p.m. in Superior Court in New Bedford.John R. Ellement can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.