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Massachusetts Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Bill Named After Odin Lloyd



    Push to Amend Law That Vacates Conviction Upon Suicide

    After the prison suicide of Aaron Hernandez, his conviction in the murder of Odin Lloyd was vacated. Lloyd's family is pushing for a law that would prevent similar appeals in the future.

    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018)

    The prison suicide of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez is prompting lawmakers to revisit a centuries-old Massachusetts legal principle. 

    Under a bill heard Tuesday by the Legislature's Judiciary Committee, people who kill themselves after being convicted of a crime would automatically lose all rights to appeal. 

    Hernandez's murder conviction in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd was dismissed after Hernandez was found hanging in his cell last April. The legal principle holds that a defendant who dies before an appeal is heard should no longer be considered guilty in the eyes of the law. 

    Democratic Rep. Evandro Carvalho, of Boston, filed the legislation after meeting with Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, who was upset when the conviction was erased. 

    Odin Lloyd's Mother: "I Miss My Baby Boy"

    [NATL] "I Miss My Baby Boy": Odin Lloyd's Mother Reacts to Aaron Hernandez Murder Verdict
    Ursula Ward delivered an emotional victim impact statement after Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of her son, Odin Lloyd. Here is video of her remarks before Hernandez’s sentencing.
    (Published Wednesday, April 15, 2015)

    The bill, if passed, could not be applied retroactively to Hernandez. 

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