Following the shocking suicide of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, it’s been reported that a legal term known as “abatement ab initio“ will possibly ensure that the convicted murderer goes to his grave as an innocent man.
According to the Boston Globe, chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Bar Assoication, Martin W. Healy, explains though Hernandez was convicted in 2015 of murdering Odin L. Lloyd of Boston, Hernandez’s appeal was not complete.
Healy further explains that an “abatement ab initio” means “from the beginning,” and if a person has not exhausted their legal appeals, upon their death, their case can revert back to its status prior to the trial and conviction, making them innocent otherwise.
“Unfortunately, in the Odin Lloyd matter, for the family, there won’t be any real closure,” said Healy. “Aaron Hernandez will go to his death an innocent man.”
Hernandez’s attorney, John M. Thompson, said in a telephone interview Wednesday that he will file the appropriate paperwork once a death certificate is available. Thompson also called Hernandez’ death “totally unexpected.’’