Aaron Hernandez: judge quashes player's conviction for 2013 murder
- Author: Stacy Allen May 17, 2017,
May 17, 2017, 11:55
Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn said after court, "Hernandez deliberately, consciously and voluntarily chose to end his life".
Aaron Hernandez had his murder conviction vacated by a judge in MA on Tuesday, an expected move after the former New England Patriots tight end was found hanged in his prison cell last month. Thompson also said because Hernandez died in prison, it will be hard to definitively determine how he died. "And that's the victory that I have that I am gonna take with me", she said.
The mother of a man whom ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of killing says the ex-NFL star will always be guilty in her family's eyes.
"In our book, he's guilty and he's going to always be guilty", Ward said.
Prosecutors had argued that vacating the conviction would mean rewarding Hernandez's decision to hang himself.
With the conviction getting tossed out, the New England Patriots might owe Hernandez' estate a significant sum of money.
The former athlete's attorney, Jose Baez, told TMZ his legal team is in talks with Hernandez's former agents to see how the abatement will affect his contract.
As Crime Online previously reported, the prison file included notes from interviews with Hernandez's fellow inmates following his suicide.
A judge vacated Hernandez's murder conviction because of a rule that says a conviction should be thrown out if someone dies while still appealing it.
Ward said she is holding on to her faith.
In a hearing Tuesday morning, lawyers for the Commonwealth of MA argued that Hernandez lost his right to abatement when he took his own life, claiming he did so intentionally because he knew his conviction would be thrown out.
Hernandez was serving a life sentence after he was convicted in April 2015 of murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition for the June 2013 killing of Lloyd in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.
But prosecutors disagreed and filed several documents to make that case.
Garsh's ruling came following a 40-minute hearing on Tuesday morning in Bristol County Superior Court.
State police said in an investigative report that Hernandez was found naked on April 19 and hanging from a bed sheet tied around the window bars of his cell.
"This is an established common law doctrine", appellate attorney John Thompson argued.
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. They said his conviction wasn't considered final because the automatic appeal he was entitled to had not been heard.
"Unfortunately, in the Odin Lloyd matter, for the family, there won't be any real closure", Healy told the Boston Globe.
Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez may have died in prison, but according to the state of MA, he's now technically considered innocent. Hernandez's second murder trial ended just days before his death, in which he was acquitted for a 2012 double murder outside a Boston nightclub.