Aaron Hernandez's 2015 murder conviction vacated

A look back on the talented player's NFL start and the series of events that ultimately resulted in his death. USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Hernandez had his murder conviction vacated by a judge in Massachusetts on Tuesday, an expected move after the former New England Patriots tight end was found hanged in his prison cell last month.

Judge Susan Garsh, a justice of the Superior Court in Bristol County, cited longstanding rules when it came to “abating the entire prosecution as if it never happened,” WBZ-TV reported. Under state law, convictions are typically vacated if a defendant dies while his or her case is under appeal.

Hernandez was convicted of the first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd in 2015.

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