MA courts have generally recognized a legal rule called "abatement ab initio", or abatement, in which convictions are thrown out if a defendant dies before his or her appeal is heard.
Abatement has generally been recognized in MA even in high-profile cases of suicide.
A judge who agreed to erase Aaron Hernandez's conviction in a 2013 murder has said there may be "complex and myriad" reasons why the former National Football League star took his own life.
Hernandez, who had a four-year-old daughter, had a $41m (£31m) National Football League contract when he was arrested at his home in June 2013 and charged with murder.
The judge who presided at Hernandez's trial in Lloyd's killing has scheduled a hearing Tuesday.
A MA judge has agreed to erase Aaron Hernandez's conviction in a 2013 murder because he died before his appeal could be heard.
Second, Hernandez's suicide note for his fiancée said "YOU'RE RICH", underlined twice. The New England Patriots dropped the promising tight end from its roster after his arrest.
After the judge's ruling, Lloyd's mother spoke to reporters.
Additionally, Garsh claimed that there is no proof Hernandez knew that his death could lead to his conviction being dismissed.
Quinn said he will appeal the erasing of Hernandez's conviction.
Hernandez's appellate lawyer told a judge during a court hearing Tuesday that a long-established legal doctrine in MA requires the court to vacate his conviction because Hernandez died before his appeal of his murder conviction could be heard.
Prosecutors argued during that hearing that Hernandez's conviction in a 2013 murder shouldn't be erased because he killed himself. Hernandez's death during an appeal meant that he would not be able to appear on his own behalf "It's an unusual twist", Mass. trial lawyer and the dean of the Massachusetts School of Law Michael Coyne told Patriots Wire in April.
"The longstanding rule is...abating the entire prosecution as if it never happened", Garsh said.
Another attorney for the Lloyd family, Douglas Sheff, asked the Patriots last month to voluntarily pay damages - potentially millions of dollars - as part of a wrongful death lawsuit brought against Hernandez before his death.
State police said in an investigative report that Hernandez was found naked April 19 and hanging from a bed sheet tied around the window bars of his cell.
Five days before his death, Hernandez was acquitted of a double murder.
The tight end was dropped by the New England Patriots hours after he was arrested. Judge Garsh ruled Tuesday, that Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez's conviction in a 2013 murder can be erased because he died before his appeal was heard. "It involves just two questions - is there a pending direct appeal and has the appellant died during the course of the pending direct appeal?"
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