Aaron Hernandez's Murder Conviction Will Be Voided After Suicide Thanks to Obscure State Law

Disgraced NFL star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez died Wednesday “an innocent man” – according to a little-known legal doctrine in Massachusetts that traces its origins to English common law, one outside expert tells PEOPLE. Martin Healy, the chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Bar Association, explains that the state observes abatement ab initio, which in criminal proceedings is applied if a defendant dies before all of their appeals have been resolved. Officials say the 27-year-old Hernandez, formerly a tight end with the New England Patriots, hanged himself in his prison cell early Wednesday only days after being found not guilty of two murders.

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