Aaron Hernandez is a free man - technically. On Tuesday, a Massachusetts judge tossed out the former NFL wide receiver's conviction for killing semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in 2013.

Bristol County Judge Susan Garsh vacated the murder conviction in accordance with an archaic Massachusetts law that considers a convicted felon not guilty if he died before his appeal could be heard.

Hernandez, 27, was serving a life sentence at a maximum security prison when he hanged himself in his cell in April.

"This court cannot know why Hernandez ended his life," Garsh said. The judge speculated on why Herandez took his own life, including suggesting his "increased spirituality, and the fact that he was seeking redemption from God because he was bisexual.

The ruling didn't sit well with Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward. She left court quickly afterwards.

“In our book, he’s guilty and he will always be guilty,” Ward told reporters outside the courthouse. “But I know one day, I will see my son again."

Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    This whole case is so f**king weird...

  • jazzysmith12

    How is he free in Sheol,his soul is suffering unthinkable deaths.

  • jazzysmith12

    Rip Odin Lloyd.May he rest in peace!

  • klwbaby

    The judge didn't say that or suggest it....

  • CrunchyBlack1

    now it really makes sense. that thuggy jail love must be skrong to make a dude in the free world, making millions, getting all the fine cooch he wanted commit murder. hell if he was DL, he still coulda had his choice of dudes to choose from, like every other DL athlete. wonder if they'd let him share a cell with his "boo" would he have killed himeslf

  • RaginB

    sandra want everybody to be gay?

  • jazzysmith12

    lol,yelp just like her!!!

  • CrunchyBlack1

    evree body ghey lol

  • Anunnaki

    "Aaron Hernandez is a free man"
    Who writes This stuff, he's DEAD...what if he was convicted , umm they gonna go dig up the casket and lock it up (I know his Baby girl can get paid i get it) ...Some chyt as a journalist I will not Write, Ill tell them Jews , that chyt sound DUMB. like writing how a man will get 357 yrs in prison I actually read that somewhere, The Fckry in Writing....

  • JV

    ' “This court cannot know why Hernandez ended his life,” Garsh said. The judge speculated on why Herandez took his own life, including suggesting his “increased spirituality, and the fact that he was seeking redemption from God because he was bisexual.'

    .. That's.. interesting.. considering that didn't happen at all. From the Yahoo link provided:

    ' “Abatement is the law in this Commonwealth and this court is required to follow that precedent,” Garsh said citing case law. “… the Court has no other choice.” '


  • guest

    Stop spreading lies SR...SMDH.

  • imright

    ?another reason i dont believe it was suicide.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    I still do not believe it was suicide. I just do not.

  • bemetoo

    All that were involved with the murder of Odin have stated that Aaron killed odin. Maybe bit was all lies or maybe it was true. I still believe something was off in the case and in his death

  • KIm

    Does it matter? This is the same person who laughed in the courtroom during the trial where he was convicted for killing his friend. So not only is he a killer but he's also a fruitbag..

    I feel sorry for the victim's family bc it affects them..

  • Quitedeliteful

    At least the families can get a piece of the money pie. It can't bring their loved ones back or ease the pain but it can make life a little easier...

  • Oh Tommie

    I didn't think they could because he's technically not guilty..... whole thing vacated as if the arrest, trial, and conviction never happened. He made a smart move for guys daughter, because they money is protected.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I wonder... I read somewhere that the civil suits might still go forward -- but that doesn't mean they will get anything. I'm glad his daughter will benefit though...

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Between the civil suits and the attorneys' fees, I'd be surprised if there's anything left after everybody gets their cut.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Yup... The attorneys will be the biggest winners...

  • Hookedonblinds

    OJ....civil suit was filed after he was acquitted. Odin's family can probably file against the estate for wrongful death and win.

  • sunni_daze

    Heartbreaking. He died for nothing.

  • Faithz

    Right they will make it a point to nickel
    and dime his estate down to zero.

  • Faithz

    You are exactly right about that.

  • Faithz

    I don't believe it was suicide, either.

  • Faithz

    For real.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    So did Odin Lloyd.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Yup!!! I forgot about OJ....

  • sunni_daze

    Was this article about Odin Lloyd? And wasn't Aaron cleared of that? Your point is mute.

  • Louisville Is4TheBirds

    Hernandez ppls getting paaaid.

  • Dee

    You sound stupid AF!!

  • Heartland

    Um I believe the saying is "your point is moot" not mute booboo ???? you tried it

  • D. Curl

    Really really dumb… forreal

  • KcoolMuziq

    I'm shocked at the non interest of traffic to Aaron's threads.Everyone here always seems to get off on this kind of drama. Especially when it's concerning some man on the dl. I guess it's because he's not black.Smh

  • Li

    I'm happy for Jenkins-Hernandez. At least he's taking care of her.

  • Ms Thang

    Oj wasn't found guilty and the Goldmans won the civil suit

  • KcoolMuziq

    He definitely made her and his offspring rich.

  • Malcom Flex

    Ride or die babymama failed by not getting married. The bastard child gets some money of course. Babymama is never treated in the courts of law as legal wife.

  • the guest

    Lloyd's family gets zilch.

    Pensions and children's trusts are untouchable.

  • the guest

    But not his pension.

    The Patriots owe Hernandez his pension and that is untouchable. It will go to his child in care of his fiancée.

  • the guest

    His spirit and name are free and his pension is free to go to his child.

  • The Last Word

    But she is the Guardian of the child and can collect on his pension.

  • The Last Word

    Absolutely true. They won't see a dime.

  • The Last Word

    That's the same thing. He's judgment proof, except for the pension or insurance, and the families can't get at those assets.

  • Hookedonblinds

    Does everything go to his Pension or is it one pay out that he was owed and then the family can sue for that....i personally think this should go all the way so the law can be changed. There is all type of proof that he did this on purpose.

  • Oh Tommie

    Right... But Hernandez's sentence was vacated as if he had never been arrested and tried... which is different than a not guilty verdict.

  • nick c

    That's what you want courts never take trusts away from kids so no one can come hunting for money.

  • nick c

    Finally someone that understands how trusts work.

  • tintin

    if he lived it would not have been overturned as they said he died before the appeal could be heard. Hernandez killed that man for no reason and overall they can overturn it but it doesn't mean he didn't do it.

  • http://thesinglewhitefemale.com Fefe

    If anything, he left them with an amazing book to write and an awesome movie to shoot.

  • Justlooknout

    who hurt you?

    That's some foul crap to say about a innocent child.

  • Birdman24

    They are not counting on his NFL pension he is owed bonuses from the Patriots. Because now it reads as if he was never convicted and the pwe him a healthy piece of change.

  • Birdman24

    NFL pensions are not a huge amount of money do your research.. They want all his bonuses that were revoked..

  • Birdman24

    Exactly what they will do if the funds are released from Bob Kraft.

  • pynkrose407

    wow that is cruel to say about a child....what does that make you?

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