Attorney: Officials denied Hernandez's request for cellmate

BOSTON (AP) 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.

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

Kennedy's attorney, Lawrence Army Jr., is speaking Wednesday about how the two inmates were connected.

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.

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