>> This court cannot know why Hernandez chose to end his life. A Massachusetts judge on Thursday overturning the murder conviction of Aaron Hernandez, just weeks after the former New England Patriots star hanged himself in prison. Judge Susan Garsh announcing her decision before the family of victim Odin Lloyd.
The semi-pro football player Hernandez was found guilty of murdering in 2013 and for which he had been serving a life sentence when he committed suicide. The decision hinging on a Massachusetts rule allowing convictions to be thrown out if a defendant dies before his or her appeal is heard in court.
Prosecutors plan to appeal the judge's opinion. The district attorney arguing it allows Hernandez to reap the benefits of what he called an antiquated rule. Lloyd's mother also not swayed by the outcome.>> He's guilty, and he's gonna always be guilty. Hernandez's April 19th suicide stunned his family because it came just days after he was found not guilty of a separate double murder in 2012.
His suicide note to his fiance including the phrase, you're rich. Prosecutors believed Hernandez, whose NFL contract was worth 41 million dollars when he was charged, may have staged his own death in order to help his family protect his fortune, but his fiance recently filed an affidavit saying the estate is worth nothing.
Hernandez' suicide, however, now serving to help wipe clean his criminal record.