State Rep: Law That Vacated Aaron Hernandez Conviction Must Go

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Aaron Hernandez in court in 2013. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- After former NFL star Aaron Hernandez took his life in prison last year, his 2015 conviction in the murder of Odin Lloyd was vacated under state law. 

State Rep. Evandro Carvalho filed a bill that would change the law, which allowed for vacating the murder conviction due to the fact that Hernandez killed himself while the appeals process was still underway.

"It made no sense that that would happen, particularly in a situation where a jury said, 'yes, you did this crime,'" Rep. Carvalho told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Ben Parker.

The proposed bill does not seek to make the changes retroactively in the Hernandez case.

Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, will be among those to testify Tuesday during a hearing on the bill. 

Rep. Carvalho met with Ward.

"She explained what happened and how she felt, and I felt it was my responsibility to try to help as much as I can," he said.

Carvalho, a former prosecutor, said the logic behind the antiquated law is simply wrong.

"Having a constituent in the district going through that kind of pain, and all of us saw it, and for her to sit down in my office and explain how she felt, to be victimized again as a survivor of homicide, it made no sense," he said.

Bristol County District Attorney said, at the time of Hernandez's death, that the vacating of a conviction under the old laws undermines confidence in the fair administration of justice.

Rep. Carvalho hopes to make the change, but only in the case of suicides during appeal.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Ben Parker reports

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