On May 9, a Massachusetts judge officially dismissed Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction. Hernandez’s legal team argued that the conviction couldn’t stand because he didn’t exhaust all of his appeals before his death.
Prosecutors argued that Hernandez knew about the abatement ab initio doctrine and used it as a loophole to get $ 6 million from the Patriots to support his family. The prosecutors used Hernandez’s suicide letter to his fiancee in which he told her, “You’re Rich!” They also claimed Hernandez knew if his conviction was erased the Patriots would have to pay out the remainder of his NFL contract, prosecutors said he shouldn’t be rewarded for committing suicide, which cut his appeal short.
The judge disagreed and cleared the conviction. The family of the victim, Odin Lloyd was in the courtroom during this hearing and left shortly after the ruling looking visibly upset.
The Bristol County D.A.’s Office plans to appeal the judge’s decision.