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Holy Shit! A Massachusetts Judge Ruled To Erase Aaron Hernandez's Murder Conviction Following His Suicide

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UPDATE 5:06 P.M. EST: Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III plans to appeal Aaron Hernandez's abatement ruling, and is even willing to take it the Massachusetts Supreme Court!

Releasing a statement, Thomas explained:

"Despite the tragic ending to Aaron Hernandez's life, he should not reap the legal benefits of an antiquated rule. State and federal courts from across the country have rejected this antiquated rule. Massachusetts, in my opinion, needs to follow suit."

We'll continue to keep you updated.


Wow, this is a huge development.

As we've reported, Aaron Hernandez technically died an innocent man under Massachusetts law, as his murder conviction was still pending appeal.

On Tuesday, a judge granted the request to erase the former NFL star's conviction for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd because the court "has no choice" but to honor the abatement doctrine.

As a reminder, days before his death, the athlete was acquitted in a separate double murder that occurred in 2012. Hernandez was seeking appeal in Lloyd's case when he hung himself by his bed sheet in his Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center jail cell.

Related: Aaron's Rumored Prison Lover Breaks His Silence

Delivering her ruling, Judge Susan Garsh said a defendant cannot stand convicted upon death if appeals are not exhausted, according to law:

"Abatement has been practiced in state and federal courts for more than a century. An appeal is an integral part of the system. Abatement remains the law in this Commonwealth and this court is compelled to follow binding precedent."

As far as the prosecutors argument that Hernandez intentionally killed himself because of the abatement rule, Garsh said:

"This court cannot know why Hernandez chose to end his life. [Suicide is a] complex act that may have myriad causes."

Because of this ruling, the New England Patriots might not be able to justify withholding the remainder of Aaron's $6 million salary — which would now go to his beneficiary and fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez.

We'll keep you updated on what happens next.

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