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

Aaron Hernandez Will 'Always Be Guilty,' Says Odin Lloyd's Mother has learned that a MA judge has vacated the late National Football League star's murder conviction because his appeal was not reviewed by the court before his death last month. Before committing suicide, he was acquitted in a separate double murder case.

Speculation abounds that Aaron Hernandez knowingly attempted to take advantage of a long-standing MA legal precedent that states a person's conviction can be voided if he or she dies before exhausting all appeals, and this is what motivated him to commit suicide.

However, without a guilty conviction, the cases can not be used to prove wrongful death on the part of Aaron Hernandez, making it more hard for the families to win such a case.

"This court can not know why Hernandez chose to end his life", said Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh, who handled the 2015 trial in which a jury found the former tight end guilty of fatally shooting Lloyd in an industrial park near his home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.

The mother of a man whom ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of killing says the ex-NFL star will always be guilty in her family's eyes. "And that's the victory that I have that I am gonna take with me", Ward said.

"In our book, he's guilty, and he's always going to be guilty", Ursula Ward said.

He also pointed out that Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III has said he will appeal Garsh's ruling on the basis that Hernandez killed himself so that his conviction could be overturned.

"To allow the defendant to exploit this outdated rule in MA undermines confidence in the fair administration of justice, and the victim's and the community's right to the integrity and respect of a jury's verdict", Quinn said.

An attorney in Hernandez's criminal case filed court papers last month that said his estate is now worth "zero".

One of Hernandez's appellate lawyers, John Thompson of Springfield, said the SJC has applied the longstanding legal doctrine, known as abatement, with no exception and that the manner of death was "irrelevant". "This is an established common law doctrine". "It involves just two questions - is there a pending direct appeal and has the appellant died during the course of the pending direct appeal? Both of those facts are undisputed here".

Prosecutors in the case say the conviction should stand because Hernandez voluntarily took his own life.

"It was a purposeful act".

"This is not a defendant who has arrived at the killing of himself by happenstance", Patrick Bomberg, a Bristol Assistant District Attorney, told Garsh, via the Boston Globe. "There is a reason, a motive for the defendant to have done it".

Prosecutors argued that Hernandez killed himself because he had knowledge that his conviction would be vacated, and that was grounds for keeping the conviction in place.

Sheff said they have already won a summary judgement in the case and were awarded the proceeds of Hernandez's Hummer and Westwood Estates home. The judge threw out Hernandez's conviction at the Fall River Justice Center.