Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has had his homicide conviction posthumously vacated.
Hernandez had been convicted of first-degree murder in the 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Hernandez committed suicide in jail on April 19th, 2017.
Technically, a Massachusetts legality, “abatement ab initio” means that Hernandez’s conviction couldn’t be upheld because he died before his appeal was complete. The decision to apply this principal to Hernandez will be challenged:
There are legal ramifications for the New England Patriots at play here as well.
The Patriots released Hernandez when he was arrested, withholding $5.91 million guaranteed to the player. New England could do this as being arrested voided the terms of their contract.
The question arises then, if the murder conviction against Hernandez is abated, does that mean the Patriots owe his family almost six million dollars?
Regardless of the status of the murder conviction, the NFL will likely find another reason why Hernandez was in breach of contract, assuming the charges are not reinstated after the appeal.
Source: Zack Cox – NESN · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS