When Aaron Hernandez was pronounced dead at Leominster Hospital (where he was taken after being found unresponsive in his prison cell), believe it or not, I read today that his conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd (the fiance of his fiance's sister, if you can even follow that), was wiped from the record! Therefore, in the eyes of the law, he died an innocent man. HERE'S HOW:
According to an obscure Mass state law, Hernandez's case reverts back to the start, which means, he's not guilty of the 2013 Lloyd murder for which he was convicted in 2014. It's called abatement ab initio, Martin W. Healy, chief legal counsel to the Massachusetts Bar Association told the Boston Globe. And that is because he and his lawyers were planning to appeal the Lloyd conviction. So, upon a person's death, if they have not exhausted their legal appeals, their case reverts to its status at the beginning -- it's as if the trial and conviction never happened. Therefore in the eyes of the law, he dies an innocent man.
"Unfortunately, in the Odin Lloyd matter, for the family, there won't be any real closure," said Healy. "Aaron Hernandez will go to his death an innocent man." The principle comes from English common law, Healy said, and is observed by several of the older states in the nation. It rarely comes up in practice, he said, and people forget it exists."
So may I ask the next obvious question? Could he have offed himself because he knew this? Of course other theories are circulating...like that he may have done this to one-up The Patriots big day as world champions at the White House (today!) Or he may have been so filled with regret (seems unlikely) or that he may have done it because of his aching heart after seeing his 4 year old daughter in court the other day.
Who knows. And we may never know unless some suicide note miraculously appears and is authenticated with an explanation. That is IF it's confirmed that he did in fact kill himself. But until then, all we have is what unfolds next in this bizarrely twisted and sad tale of a guy who could have had the world by the b*lls.
He was 27.
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Here's more on the story of how he dies an innocent man:
When Aaron Hernandez was pronounced dead in a Massachusetts hospital after being found hanged in his cell in the early-morning hours Wednesday, his conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd was wiped from the record.