3:02 PM ET
- Associated Press
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — A Massachusetts judge on Friday has issued an order preserving evidence in Aaron Hernandez's prison suicide.
Bristol Superior Court Judge Thomas McGuire said it's only fair that the ex-NFL star's family, the government and the public know exactly how he died.
Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, filed court papers Wednesday on behalf of his estate, saying she was contemplating a lawsuit over the supervision he received while in prison.
The filing says authorities had a legal duty to provide safety and protection from personal injury to inmates in state custody.
She asked that prison officials be barred from altering or destroying any potential evidence, including Hernandez's writings, video and audio recordings and medical records.
The former New England Patriots tight end was found hanged in his cell in a maximum-security prison early Wednesday. He was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder.
Questions have been raised over whether guards carried out the proper hourly cellblock checks.
Authorities say Hernandez had been locked into his cell at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, and no one entered the cell until a guard saw him just after 3 a.m.