Sports Mother of Hernandez victim filing wrongful-death lawsuit

08:40  20 april  2017
08:40  20 april  2017 Source:   theScore

Aaron Hernandez’s Legal Troubles Won’t End With His Death, Expert Explains

  Aaron Hernandez’s Legal Troubles Won’t End With His Death, Expert Explains Aaron Hernandez's death leaves multiple legal loose ends. But the ruling of suicide and potential of CTE could possibly benefit his estate and victims.What Hernandez may or may not have known, is that the timing of his death would complicate aspects of his affairs that could directly impact the finances of the family he left behind. “Abatement ab initio,” an obscure aspect of Massachusetts law, mandates that if a person dies before they have exhausted the entirety of the criminal appeals process, their conviction is vacated. Consequently, under the eyes of the law, Hernandez became an innocent man the minute he was pronounced dead.

Families (or a family member) who file a successful wrongful death lawsuit (meaning that the family of the wrongful death victim can prove the fatality was the result of another person or party's negligence or malpractice) can sometimes be awarded .65M Awarded to Family of Mother Killed by Truck.

Cheryl Shepherd, mother of the deceased Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday against the Chiefs, claiming that the team was directly responsible for Belcher's mental health deteriorating.

  Mother of Hernandez victim filing wrongful-death lawsuit © Jonathan Wiggs / Boston Globe

MILFORD, Mass. - A lawyer who represents the mother of the man former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of killing says she's moving forward with a wrongful-death lawsuit.

Hernandez hanged himself Wednesday in prison, where he was serving a life sentence for the 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

Attorney Doug Sheff represents Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward. He says a judge has already found Hernandez was liable in Lloyd's death. He says all that's left for a judge or jury to decide is the amount of damages to be awarded to Lloyd's family.

Sheff says the lawsuit will proceed against Hernandez's estate. He says he has placed liens on Hernandez's Massachusetts home, estimated to be worth $1.3 million.

No date has been set for the civil trial.

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Report: Hernandez had 'John 3:16' written on forehead .
Upon being found dead due to an apparent suicide Wednesday, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had the words "John 3:16" written on his forehead, sources told WBZ CBS Boston. The words refer to one of the most popular verses from the Bible: For GodThe words refer to one of the most popular verses from the Bible:

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