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Aaron Hernandez Will 'Always Be Guilty,' Says Odin Lloyd's Mother

Aaron Hernandez Will 'Always Be Guilty,' Says Odin Lloyd's Mother

"In the interests of justice, the court has no choice but to abate the proceedings.by vacating Hernandez's convictions and dismissing the charges against him", she said from the bench in Fall River, south of Boston. Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn said prosecutors will appeal the decision according to CNN, but for now, Hernandez has been vacated of his crimes.

"Despite the tragic ending to Aaron Hernandez's life, he should not reap the legal benefits of an antiquated rule", Quinn said.

A judge is hearing arguments Tuesday in a push by lawyers for late National Football League star Aaron Hernandez to erase his conviction in a 2013 murder.

A judge in MA on Tuesday vacated Aaron Hernandez's conviction in the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, following the state's legal precedent that erases convictions if a defendant dies before all appeal possibilities are exhausted.

Reports indicate that Hernandez knew about the Abatement Doctrine and that might be his main reason for taking his life. She said "an appeal is an integral part of the system".

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Hernandez also faced civil lawsuits in Suffolk County, Mass., where the families of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, the two men he was accused of killing in 2012, are each seeking $6 million in damages.

"In our book, he's guilty and he's going to always be guilty", Ursula Ward, Lloyd's mother, said after the decision was handed down.

Afterwards, at a press conference, John Thompson told reporters that he believes it is uncertain whether Hernandez took his own life, saying not much is really known about the circumstances.

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. Though they never married, Shayanna took Hernandez's last name during the trial on Lloyd's murder.

The former Patriots tight end was found dead in his prison cell on April 19 after hanging himself.

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After Judge Susan Garsh ruled on Tuesday that vacating convictions when a defendant dies before an appeal was a binding precedent, Odin Lloyd's family was visibly distraught. Prison officials say Hernandez hung himself and left three suicide notes.

"This court can not know why Hernandez chose to end his life", said Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh, who handled the 2015 trial in which a jury found the former tight end guilty of fatally shooting Lloyd in an industrial park near his home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.

Federal courts have widely adopted the abatement principle.

A former National Football League player's murder sentence has been overturned - because he killed himself in jail before his appeal could be heard.

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