Judge throws out Hernandez murder conviction

FALL RIVER – Former New England Patriots star Aaron J. Hernandez is no longer a convicted murderer. Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh, citing legal precedent, vacated Hernandez’s first-degree murder conviction for the 2013 shooting of Odin L. Lloyd because his trial was not reviewed by the Supreme Judicial Court before his apparent suicide last month. Garsh had overseen the murder trial. She announced her decision Tuesday from the bench as Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward, sat in the courtroom. “Abatement remains the law in this Commonwealth and this court is compelled to follow binding precedent,” Garsh said. She also said prosecutors from Bristol District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III’s office

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