Aaron Hernandez Officially Not Guilty Of Initial Murder Charge Following Suicide

David Hookstead | Contributor

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez died an innocent man in the eyes of the law following his suicide Wednesday morning.

Hernandez was convicted in 2015 of murdering Odin Lloyd by a Massachussets court, but thanks to the legal rule “abatement ab initio” the case reverts back to its initial stage if it didn’t make it through appeals at the time of his death, according to the Boston Globe.

(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – DECEMBER 10: Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots smiles from the sidelines in the fourth quarter during a game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Chief legal counsel to the Massachusetts Bar Association Martin W. Healy told the Boston Globe, “Unfortunately, in the Odin Lloyd matter, for the family, there won’t be any real closure. Aaron Hernandez will go to his death an innocent man.”

Healy added it’s like the murder trial never even occurred, and Hernandez was never convicted.

The former NFL star hanged himself in his prison cell Wednesday morning following an acquittal on two other murder charges. When he is officially laid to rest, it will be as a completely innocent man in the eyes of the law.

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