Justice: Hernandez's murder conviction stays erased

Published on Monday, 23 October 2017 22:14
Written by the Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) - A justice on Massachusetts’ highest court has denied prosecutors’ request to reinstate the murder conviction of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.

The conviction in the 2013 fatal shooting of Odin Lloyd was voided by a Superior Court judge in May because Hernandez killed himself in prison. Under Massachusetts legal principle, courts typically erase the convictions of defendants who die before their direct appeals can be heard.

Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn III in July filed an appeal with a single justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, saying erasing the conviction would undermine the public’s trust in jury verdicts.

In a brief ruling issued Friday, Justice David Lowy said Quinn’s request is “exercised only in exceptional circumstances.”

Quinn’s office did not immediately return a call for comment Monday.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, State on Monday, 23 October 2017 22:14. Updated: Monday, 23 October 2017 22:17.