Former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's first-degree murder conviction to be reinstated, court rules

John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) — The highest court in Massachusetts has ordered Aaron Hernandez’s first-degree murder conviction to be reinstated.

The former New England Patriots star committed suicide in April 2017. He was serving a life sentence in prison for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

The judges said Tuesday that the Commonwealth’s law automatically vacating the conviction because of Hernandez’s suicide is “outdated.”

“We conclude that the doctrine of abatement ab initio is outdated and no longer consonant with the circumstances of contemporary life, if, in fact, it ever was,” the judges wrote.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Recently in Sports

Scoreboard roundup — 5/22/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL INTERLEAGUEKansas City 8 St. Louis 2Tampa Bay 8 LA Dodgers 1Miami 6 Detroit 3St. Louis 10 Kansas City 3 AMERICAN LEAGUEOakland 7 Cleveland

FIFA scraps plans for 48-team World Cup in 2022

artisteer/iStock(NEW YORK) — The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will now only include 32 teams after FIFA gave up its efforts to expand the field to 48 teams. Soccer’s international governing body had been exploring the possible