Judge Makes Surprising Ruling in Aaron Hernandez Case, Post-Death

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May 09, 2017May 09, 2017

After former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of the 2013 murder of football player Odin Lloyd, Hernandez was found dead in his cell from suicide.

He had been serving a life sentence.

But now a Bristol County Superior Court judge has made a ruling that isn’t making Lloyd’s mother happy.

According to ESPN, Judge E. Susan Garsh ruled Tuesday that Massachusetts’ law demands that defendants who die before they can have all their appeals heard should have their convictions rendered void.

Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward, was emotional as she responded, "In our book, [Hernandez is] guilty and he's going to always be guilty. But I know, I know one day I'm going to see my son, and that's the victory that I have and I am going to take with me. I am waiting for my master to say, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant, and welcome to the joys of my kingdom.' And that's when I'll see my baby again.”

"I am not giving up,” she added. “When [God] says the battle is over, the battle is over. So I'm holding on until He tells me to give up."

District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III isn’t giving up either, calling the Massachusetts law — and other similar state and federal laws — “antiquated.” He’s planning to appeal Garsh’s ruling.

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