The new information about the former New England Patriots player comes in an investigative report by Massachusetts State Police.
The Bible passage, "John 3:16", - the phrase written on his forehead and the wall - reads, "For God so loved the world, the he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life". The officer said he asked Hernandez to remove the sheet or sound off.
Prison guards, in multiple eye-witness accounts, say soap on the cell floor, "trauma sheers" not cutting "properly" and the former National Football League player's size added precious minutes to the rescue attempt.
The filing also contained details of interviews with fellow inmates, including one source who said Hernandez had recently mentioned a "rumor" to the inmate.
The inmate also said Hernandez "was a very spiritual guy who always quoted the Bible" and "talked about his daughter and spending time with her", so there was "absolutely no indication he would do anything like that". Officers struggled to pry the door open. He had twice previously been disciplined for tampering with the door and covering its entrance, according to a review of his disciplinary records at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility.
"Now that the state authorities have completed and closed their investigation into the death of Aaron, we owe it Aaron and his family to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into this tragic death."Not only did he write the passage name on his forehead, but on his cell wall as well.
Aaron Hernandez's last letter to his fiancée before his unexpected suicide in April expressed devotion to the woman who stood by his side - while also hinting at something happening.
In court papers, one of the reasons prosecutors argue against voiding Hernandez's conviction is the potential ramifications the nullification of the jury's verdict would have on civil cases filed against Hernandez.
If Aaron Hernandez's first-degree murder conviction is vacated, the New England Patriots may have to honor his contract signing bonus.
Separate reports released Thursday by state police and the Department of Correction offer some insight into Hernandez's final days.
After performing an autopsy of Hernandez, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Henry N. Nields concluded the cause of death as asphyxia by hanging and the manner of death was suicide. The manner of death was ruled by Dr. Nields as suicide.
The police report also included Hernandez's toxicology results, which came back negative. The Boston Globe reports that $5.91 million was guaranteed in his contract and withheld by the team when he was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd.
Earlier this year, the Boston Globe reported on how MA prisons have the fourth-highest rate of prison suicides in the country, with a rate of 32 suicides per 100,000 state and federal prisoners.
Hernandez was buried in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut, on April 24.