Attorney: Officials denied Hernandez's request for cellmate

The Associated Press
In this Friday, April 14, 2017, file photo, Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez turns to look toward his fiancee Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez as he reacts to his double murder acquittal at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BOSTON — A jailhouse friend of Aaron Hernandez says prison officials denied the former NFL star's request for a cellmate months before he hanged himself.

David Wedge, a spokesman for Kyle Kennedy's attorney, said Wednesday the two inmates at the maximum security prison in Shirley, Massachusetts, had asked to be cellmates last September. He said the request initially was approved but then denied.

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Wedge didn't say why the request was denied, and prison officials didn't immediately comment

Kennedy's attorney, Lawrence Army Jr., said during his news conference Wednesday the prison denied the request because Kennedy is much smaller than Hernandez. According to Army, Kennedy was told by prison officials that they generally attempt to house inmates of the same size and race in cells together.

Army has claimed one of three suicide notes Hernandez left in his cell before killing himself last week was addressed to Kennedy. He's requested the note be turned over to this client. Hernandez's lawyer says no such note exists.

Atty Army client will talk about relationship with Aaron Hernandez at a later date. That info will come from Kyle Kennedy only.

— George Barnes (@georgebarnestg) April 26, 2017