Aaron Hernandez’s 2013 Murder Conviction Officially Overturned

David Hookstead | Contributor

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez’s 2013 murder conviction was officially thrown out of court Tuesday morning.

Hernandez, who recently committed suicide in prison, was convicted of murdering Odin Lloyd, but a Massachusetts judge threw out the conviction because he had not gone through all his appeals at the time of his death, according to TMZ Sports.

The legal rule is referred to as “abatement ab initio.”

(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)

The former Patriot was acquitted of double-murder charges stemming from a different shooting just days before killing himself.

He played three seasons in the NFL after leaving the University of Florida.

His story will serve as a cautionary tale for years to come.

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