Aaron Hernandez was convicted of murder in 2015 – but he didn’t die a guilty man. The former New England Patriots star’s guilty conviction will be voided following his suicide.
Chief legal counsel to the Massachusetts Bar Association Martin W. Healy explained how the legal principle “abatement ab initio,” meaning “from the beginning,” makes him an innocent man despite being found guilty of murdering Odin Lloyd.
Because he did not exhaust all of his legal appeals, the case reverts to the status at the beginning as if the trial and conviction never occurred.
“Unfortunately, in the Odin Lloyd matter, for the family, there won’t be any real closure,” Healy told the Boston Globe. “Aaron Hernandez will go to his death an innocent man.”
The former NFL star hanged himself in his Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center cell in Shirley, Massachusetts early Wednesday morning. He was found shortly after 3 a.m. and was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial Hospital in Leominster.