Judge makes startling ruling in Aaron Hernandez murder case

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Three weeks following the suicide of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, a judge ruled Tuesday that his murder conviction be erased from the record.

On April 19, Hernandez committed suicide by hanging himself in his jail cell while serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez’s suicide occurred five days following his acquittal in a separate double murder in 2012.

According to Massachusetts law, murder convictions are abated following the death of an inmate if the inmate’s appeals options have not been exhausted. Appellate attorneys for Hernandez submitted their request under the state’s legal principle.

Prosecutors argued against the erasure of charges from the record, contending that dismissing Hernandez’s murder conviction would reward his “conscious, deliberate and voluntary” act of taking his own life.

H/T: New York Post


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