Aaron Hernandez's Murder Conviction Thrown out by Judge After Former TE's Death

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2017

NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA - AUGUST 22: Aaron Hernandez is escorted into the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court for his hearing on August 22, 2013 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge for the death of Odin Lloyd. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Judge E. Susan Garsh threw out the murder conviction of Aaron Hernandez in the Odin L. Lloyd case and dismissed any charges against him Tuesday, according to Maria Cramer and John R. Ellement of the Boston Globe.

Garsh noted that she had no choice due to a Massachusetts law called abatement ab initio, which says that if a defendant dies after being convicted of a crime but before the appeal process is completed, the conviction will be vacated, per Patrick Johnson of MassLive.com. 

The prosecution had argued that because Hernandez killed himself, the conviction should stand.

"This is not a defendant who has arrived at the killing of himself by happenstance," Bristol Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg told Judge Garsh, per Cramer and Ellement. "The defendant should not be able to accomplish in death what he couldn’t accomplish in life."

But Hernandez's appellate attorney, John M. Thompson, noted, "The manner of death has never been a consideration."