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Lawyer says ME 'Illegally' holding Aaron Hernandez's brain

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(NBC Bay Area) - Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez's lawyer is accusing the state medical examiner's office of "illegally" holding the player's brain despite the family's wishes to donate it for CTE research.

Hernandez, 27, was serving a life sentence for murder and just last week was acquitted in two other killings before he hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his cell window at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, around 3:05 a.m. on Wednesday, according to authorities. He died about an hour later.

Jose Baez, Hernandez's lead attorney in his recent double murder trial, said the family made arrangements with the medical examiner on Wednesday to donate Hernandez's brain to Boston University's CTE Center.

He said the brain was supposed to be picked up at 10 a.m. Thursday, but the medical examiner's office reversed course at the last minute and decided to keep the brain and conduct its own study.

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