Aaron Hernandez's lawyer invited jury from double-murder acquittal to funeral, juror says

Hernandez reportedly was part of "vicious fights" as other inmates decided to see if they could take on the former Patriots tight end.

Aaron Hernandez's funeral on Monday drew an estimated 100 friends and family members, but could have drawn a few more attendees.

According to the Boston Herald, the jurors who acquitted the former Patriots tight end of double-murder on April 14 were invited to Hernandez’s funeral by defense attorney Jose Baez.

"I was invited, but I decided ultimately not to go," Robert Monroe, one of trial's 12 jurors, told the Herald on Tuesday. "I received a message, if any of the jurors wanted to go to the Aaron Hernandez funeral, that Jose Baez would rent a bus to get us back and forth."

Monroe, a 27-year-old Boston native, debated taking Baez up on the invitation, but ultimately decided not to go.

"I actually asked a bunch of my friends, should I go, and they thought it was strange," Monroe said. "Initially I wanted to go and maybe get some closure, this whole, confusing thing ... his suicide. ... I would have been out of place, I’m not family or a friend."

Hernandez was found hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., early Wednesday and his death was later ruled a suicide. He was already serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the death of Odin L. Lloyd in June 2013 but took his life five days after being acquitted in the separate double-murder trial.

Hernandez's defense attorneys filed a motion in Superior Court in Massachusetts on Tuesday to dismiss the first-degree murder conviction.

Under state law, Hernandez's suicide could result in a vacated conviction because he was in the process of an appeal and died before it was heard.

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