In death, Hernandez’s murder conviction likely to be tossed

First-degree murder convictions in Mass. trigger automatic appeal

BOSTON — In death, Aaron Hernandez may not be a guilty man in the eyes of the law. Under a long-standing Massachusetts legal principle, courts customarily vacate the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals are heard. Hernandez, a former NFL star, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 2013 murder of Odin ...

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