Aaron Hernandez Murder Conviction Vacated

Doug Mendoza
May 19, 2017

New England Patriots' Aaron Hernandez kneels on the field during football practice in Foxborough, Mass., on May 29, 2013.

Hernandez's death ended a spectacular fall from grace for a man who signed a seven-year $40 million contract in 2012 with the Patriots after a troubled upbringing in CT.

A MA judge on May 9 overturned former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's conviction on charges of murdering an acquaintance in 2013 after his death was ruled a suicide.

"This court can not know why Aaron Hernandez chose to end his life. a tragic act that may have complex and myriad causes", she said.

A judge on Tuesday erased a 2013 murder conviction against former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez, ruling that case law in MA has long established that defendants who die before their appeals are heard should have their convictions vacated.

Prosecutors in the case argue by overturning the conviction, Hernandez is rewarded for his decision to take his own life.

"He should not be able to accomplish in death what he could not accomplish in life", prosecutor Patrick Bomberg said, as reported by the Boston Herald.

Hernandez's appellate attorneys want the conviction thrown out under a long standing state principle called "abatement ab initio", which in Latin, means to roll back a process to its beginning.

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Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

While Hernandez's abatement is fairly procedural and straightforward-his conviction being upheld would have deviated from most existing case law-it complicates a pending civil lawsuit that Odin Lloyd's family filed against Hernandez's estate.

The estate of Aaron Hernandez is now valued at $0.00 according to reports, however, the Aaron Hernandez home is on the market and will likely be sold for somewhere around $1.3 milion.

John Thompson first raised a question about the official manner of death during a court hearing Tuesday. The New England Patriots dropped the promising tight end from its roster after his arrest.

Hernandez's appellate lawyer told a judge during a court hearing Tuesday that a long-established legal doctrine in MA requires the court to vacate his conviction because Hernandez died before his appeal of his murder conviction could be heard. Thompson also said because Hernandez died in prison, it will be hard to definitively determine how he died.

Aaron Hernandez's prison suicide has unraveled a mess of legal confusion.

Prosecutors had argued that Hernandez aimed to void his conviction when he hanged himself April 19 in his prison cell.

Separately, a judge in New Bedford Tuesday denied a motion filed by Hernandez's fiancee Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez requesting an injunction against the release of further writings left behind by Hernandez. Herenandez was cleared of their murders in April just days before committing suicide.

Other reports by GizPress

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