Judge makes huge decision on Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez turns to look toward his fiancee Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez as he reacts to his double murder acquittal at Suffolk Superior Court Friday, April 14, 2017, in Boston. Hernandez stood trial for the July 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado who he encountered in a Boston nightclub. The former NFL player is already serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool)

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Aaron Hernandez, the late former New England Patriot who killed himself in prison has legally been exonerated of a crime he was convicted of. Hernandez was convicted of the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd and was appealing his sentence when he died. Because he did not complete the appeals process, in the eyes of the court, he is not guilty.

“Bristol Superior Court E. Susan Garsh issued the ruling Tuesday, citing a legal principle called abatement ab initio, which allows for convictions to be voided when a convicted person dies before their appeal is heard,” the Boston Globe reported on Tuesday.

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“She said the interests of justice did not “warrant a departure” from the abatement doctrine.”

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