Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction reinstatement denied

A single justice of the high court in Massachusetts has declined to reinstate former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction, which was voided after he committed suicide in April.

Hernandez, 27, hanged himself in his prison cell on April 19 as he served a life sentence without the possibility of parole. On April 15, 2015, Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder for his role in the execution of Odin Lloyd, a landscaper who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée.

Two years later, on April 14, 2017, Hernandez was cleared of double murder charges in a Boston courtroom. Five days after crying when he heard the not guilty verdict, Hernandez killed himself and triggered a legal process that voided his conviction because he had not gone through the appeals process before taking his life.

NFL players, Twitter react to Aaron Hernandez's suicide
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NFL players, Twitter react to Aaron Hernandez's suicide
R.I.P Aaron Hernandez
#RIP Aaron Hernandez...something doesn't feel right about him committing suicide... #prayingfor✌🏾... GOOD MORNING TO ALL...
Damn man... Aaron Hernandez wow. Had everything he wanted in life then lost it all. RIP.... damn
RIP Aaron Hernandez
I don't care what anyone says. That was the homie. And no one deserves to go out like that.
Are people really upset that a MURDERER killed himself? Literally have no idea why people are upset about Aaron Hernandez
Aaron Hernandez essentially did what the guy from Cleveland did so why doe he get sympathy? Because he can catch a football ? Please
I thought he was about to appeal his case. Wow🤔🤔🤔 https://t.co/XFm6DzGzC6
I see a lot of people celebrating Aaron Hernandez death. Just remember his daughter, family, and his victims family are going through a lot.
Instead of using this time to mock suicide, I will use it to feel heartbroken for Aaron Hernandez's 4-year-old daug… https://t.co/fVCzCHCADS
I don't condone a single disgusting thing Aaron Hernandez did, but my heart hurts for his daughter on so many levels
Hernandez wins a murder trial.. and then commits suicide. Something doesn't add up. Regardless, RIP Aaron Hernandez.
You're telling me Aaron Hernandez gets acquitted of a DOUBLE-murder and then commits suicide? I smell foul play.
Pray for the soul and family of Aaron Hernandez. https://t.co/ulqmsuRykk
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Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh, who oversaw the Lloyd trial in Fall River, Mass., vacated Hernandez's murder conviction under the doctrine of abatement ab initio. The law states that if a prisoner has not exhausted his appeal upon his death, then his conviction is vacated.

Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, has had a wrongful-death lawsuit pending in Bristol Superior Court against Hernandez. Lloyd was found dead in a clearing of an undeveloped industrial park in North Attleborough, Mass. in June 2013.

"No matter what, the jurors found him guilty," Ward said in April. "That, in my book, makes him guilty."

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