Prosecutor says Hernandez conviction must stand

The prosecutor said MA would appeal the ruling. "You can't just snap your fingers and say he wasn't convicted, and an antiquated, medieval doctrine shouldn't change that". "This court can not know why Aaron Hernandez chose to end his life. a tragic act that may have complex and myriad causes". They argued that he shouldn't be rewarded for cutting his own appeal short by committing suicide. The Commonwealth had pointed to part of a correction department report that said inmates had heard Hernandez talk about the abatement doctrine.

Now the families of Lloyd, Daniel de Abreau and Safiro Furtado have all filed wrongful death lawsuits against Hernandez.

Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, had a powerful response to those expecting her to burst into rage as she fought back tears.

Hernandez's attorneys requested to dismiss the conviction under the principal of abatement, which allows convictions to be thrown out if the defendant dies before their appeal.

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Hernandez killed himself after being acquitted of murdering two men in Boston in 2012. He was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Hernandez's appellate attorney, John Thompson, told reporters he believes it's still uncertain as to whether Hernandez took his own life. Prosecutors argued during that hearing that Hernandez's conviction in a 2013 murder shouldn't be erased because he killed himself.

After a judge ruled that a long-standing legal principle in MA requires the vacating of Hernandez's conviction, Thompson told reporters he still has doubts about whether Hernandez killed himself.

Thompson says he has recent correspondence from Hernandez in which the former New England Patriots tight end said he was interested in pursuing an appeal.

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Hernandez's lead attorney in the double murder trial, Jose Baez, has pledged to independently investigate the death.

There are theories that with the murder conviction erased, the New England Patriots will be on the hook to pay out the remainder of his contract to Aaron's estate. a number reportedly around $6 million.

Judge Susan Garsh, a justice of the Superior Court in Bristol County, in her ruling cited longstanding precedent when it came to vacating the convictions of defendants who have pending appeals.

"I have won because I have god on my side", she said.

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Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction was dismissed by a judge Tuesday following the former New England Patriot's suicide. Susan Garsh sentenced Hernandez in 2015 to life in prison without parole after a jury found him guilty of the murder.

Prosecutor Patrick Bomberg said Hernandez's suicide was a "calculated act".

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