Two weeks after he died via a suicide, a judge has vacated Aaron Hernandez’s conviction in his 2013 murder case, because he died before his appeal was heard.
According to ESPN, Judge E. Susan Garsh ruled Tuesday (May 9) that the conviction would be erase, due to a legal doctrine that vacates convictions when a defendant dies before the appeal was binding precedent.
Despite the ruling, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III said he will appeal the judge’s decision… and will take it all the way to the Massachusetts Supreme Court if he has to.
“Despite the tragic ending to Aaron Hernandez’s life, he should not reap the legal benefits of an antiquated rule,” Quinn said. “State and federal courts from across the country have rejected this antiquated rule. Massachusetts, in my opinion, needs to follow suit.”
Hernandez’s lawyer asked the judge to overturn the conviction after the former NFL star hung himself inside his prison cell last month. He was serving a life sentence in the killing of 2013 death of semipro football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of his fiancée Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez.