Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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

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

The 2013 guilty verdict rendered against Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots star and convicted murderer who committed suicide in his prison cell last month, has been thrown out by a MA judge.

Judge Garsh dismissed the claim offered by prosecutors that Hernandez knew of the abatement rules when he committed suicide. Without that proof, she said she felt that she had to follow the existing MA law and officially overturn his conviction.

Former NFL New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez appears in court for a motion hearing in Attleborough, Massachusetts, Aug. 30, 2013.

Though Hernandez is no longer legally responsible for the death of Odin Lloyd, the man he was convicted of killing in 2015, the family of the former semi-pro football player says they will always know the truth. According to ABC News, a judge in MA granted the request to erase the former New England Patriots star's murder conviction.

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"In our book, he's guilty, and he's always going to be guilty", Ursula Ward said during a news conference. "Being angry is not a part of me".

Ward, a self-described woman of faith, said God would be the ultimate judge.

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The prosecution could file an appeal to a higher court, but the more likely approach now is to file a wrongful death suit instead. Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III has plans to appeal the abatement ruling, noting that he's even willing to take the case to the Massachusetts Supreme Court. In another separate trial, the jury found him not guilty of manslaughter, but convicted him of a charge for possessing an unlicensed weapon. This fact is indisputable. "He should not be able to accomplish in death what could not have accomplished in life".

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Quinn said the legal principle of "abatement" is antiquated and should be changed.

The idea of abatement is to ensure the right to appeal for defendants, Suffolk University law professor Rosanna Cavallaro told CNN.

The day before Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell on April 19, inmates who knew him said he seemed to be "in a great place", according to a Massachusetts Department of Correction investigative report.

An autopsy by the state medical examiners office determined the cause of death was asphyxia by hanging and the manner of death was suicide.

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