Lawyer: Aaron Hernandez had ‘severe case of CTE’

Defendant Aaron Hernandez, right, stands and looks as his attorneys confer during his double murder trial at Suffolk Superior Court, Tuesday, April 11, 2017, in Boston. Hernandez is on trial for the July 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado who he encountered in a Boston nightclub. The former New England Patriots NFL player is already serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, Pool)

BOSTON (WPRI) — Attorneys for Aaron Hernandez announced the results of a study of the late NFL player’s brain, which revealed he suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE.

At a news conference Thursday, defense attorney Jose Baez said the study performed by the Boston University CTE Center showed Hernandez had advanced stage 3 CTE.

“Not only were the results positive, but we’re told that it was the most severe case they had every seen for someone of Aaron’s age,” Baez said.

BU later confirmed the findings for Eyewitness News, saying Hernandez also had early brain atrophy.

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Baez said the state of Hernandez’s condition is usually found in the median age of a 67-year-old man.

Hernandez, 27, hanged himself inside his jail cell in April after being acquitted in a double murder trial out of Boston. He was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro. That conviction was vacated following his suicide because Hernandez died before all of his appeals had been heard.

Lawyers for Hernandez’s daughter, Avielle, filed a lawsuit on her behalf against the NFL and the New England Patriots for the loss of her parent.