A top Massachusetts official says the medical examiner will release Aaron Hernandez's brain to Boston University for research as soon as the investigation into his death is completed.
Secretary of Public Safety Dan Bennett tells The Associated Press that "no one is going to stand in the way of the family's wishes."
Hernandez's lawyer, Jose Baez, is accusing the medical examiner of "illegally" holding the brain of the former NFL star, who was found hanged in his prison cell early Wednesday.
Baez says Hernandez's family had arranged for Boston University to study the former New England Patriots tight end's brain as part of its concussion research.
Bennett says the death investigation may require further analysis of Hernandez's body, and that's why the brain is being kept for now.
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