A Massachusetts judge vacated Aaron Hernandez’s 2013 conviction in the murder of Odin Lloyd on Tuesday because the former Patriots tight end died while his appeal was pending , reports the Hartford Courant. The decision comes three weeks after Hernandez committed suicide in his prison cell.

Prosecutors urged Judge Susan Garsh not to dismiss the charges against Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for Lloyd’s murder, arguing that he chose to commit suicide before his appeal was heard.

“This is not a defendant who has arrived at the killing of himself by happenstance,” Bristol County assistant district attorney Patrick Bomberg told Judge Garsh, according the Boston Globe. “The defendant should not be able to accomplish in death what he couldn’t accomplish in life.”


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