Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee will not face charges over his death

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Coroner says prosecution case against Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee will be thrown out by coroner’s court because cause of death is unclear

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee will not face criminal charges over the death of her fiancé, who was found with a single gunshot wound to the chest in his prison cell in April, prosecutors said.

Rachelle Bond, who is also known as Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, has not been charged in the death of 29-year-old Daunte Burt, however.

Hernandez, a former tight end for the NFL’s New England Patriots, had been serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder when he was found dead on 4 April at the Souza Baranowski prison in Shirley, Massachusetts.

The star athlete’s death was ruled a suicide by state medical examiners, but questions about what happened to Burt lingered.

In opening statements to the Middlesex district attorney’s office in April, assistant district attorney Patrick Haggan told the court that Bond was the person who called 911 on 3 April. She told the dispatcher Burt was trying to hang himself.

Hernandez attorney Jose Baez said that the evidence would show that Burt, a father of three, accidentally hung himself in the cell. “This case is going to be about (Burt’s) death,” Baez said at the time.

Hernandez’s lawyers planned to call on expert witnesses at the Middlesex district attorney’s office about the chemicals and substances commonly found in airways.

Assistant district attorney Terence O’Brien said at the trial Thursday that Bond was the last person to see Burt alive, and that he had been trying to set himself on fire in his cell prior to his death.

However, the medical examiner found that there was “no evidence of blood and other bodily fluids on Mr Burt’s body” when he reached the scene, according to testimony.

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Kurt Farchione, director of the medical examiner’s office, said Burt died of a single gunshot wound to the chest. Toxicology reports from his tests revealed no drugs or alcohol in his system.

As Boyd left the court, reporters shouted to her, asking if she would answer questions.

Boyd said she would, then said: “It’s my understanding you won’t be hearing from me again. So I’m done, thank you.”

A defense witness testified Thursday that Burt is believed to have left notes in his cell for his family. There was also a comment to his girlfriend and his three daughters.

Jurors also saw a photograph of Burt, taken moments before he was found by guards in his cell.

Towards the end of the first day of testimony on Thursday, Judge Susan Garsh allowed the defense to pursue a motion for a mistrial, but said the motion was inappropriate, saying jurors will hear it if they want to.

Hernandez had been serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

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