World Aaron Hernandez cleared of murder conviction following prison suicide

00:26  10 may  2017
00:26  10 may  2017 Source:   9News.com.au

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Aaron Hernandez /Photo: Getty Images. × Aaron Hernandez ’s murder conviction cleared after suicide . Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell on April 19, just days after he was acquitted of double- murder charges in a separate case.

Immediately following the conviction , Hernandez was temporarily transferred to the Massachusetts Correctional Institution – Cedar Junction, a maximum-security intake facility ^ "Ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez convicted of 1st-degree murder ". People who committed suicide in prison custody.

Aaron Hernandez © Reuters Aaron Hernandez A US judge has overturned the 2015 murder conviction of former American football star Aaron Hernandez, three weeks after he took his life in prison.

The 27-year-old, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, took his life in his prison cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center on April 19. His death was ruled a suicide by the state medical examiner.

The father of one had been serving a life sentence handed down in 2015 for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Five days before his death, he was acquitted on double murder charges in a separate Boston killing in 2012.

Massachusetts Judge Susan Garsch agreed to vacate his 2015 conviction because Hernandez died before his appeal could be heard.

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— Aaron Hernandez died as a convicted murderer , but in the eyes of the law, his conviction has been erased. John Salvi was convicted of murder in 1996 for opening fire at a Planned Parenthood in Brookline, but his conviction was vacated when he committed suicide in prison before his appeal

- Aaron Hernandez died as a convicted murderer , but in the eyes of the law, his conviction has been erased. Hernandez ’s defense attorneys asked the court to follow that procedure and toss out his April 2015 murder conviction for New details on Aaron Hernandez ’s apparent suicide in prison .

"In the interests of justice, the court has no choice but to abate the proceedings...by vacating Hernandez's convictions and dismissing the charges against him," she said from the bench in Fall River, south of Boston.

Hernandez's death ended a spectacular fall from grace for a man who signed a seven-year $40 million contract in 2012 with the Patriots after a troubled upbringing in Connecticut.

He was sentenced to life without parole for murdering semi-pro football player Lloyd in June 2013. Lloyd's bloodied body was found less than a mile from Hernandez's luxury Massachusetts home. The two men had been dating sisters.

The murder weapon was never discovered, but analysts said the evidence against Hernandez was overwhelming. He is survived by a four-year-old daughter and a fiancee.

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