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The mother of a man who Aaron Hernandez murdered nearly four years ago plans go after any money that the New England Patriots pay to the former NFL star’s estate.
Hernandez had been serving a life sentence without parole for the 2013 slaying of a onetime friend, Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez was found hanging from a bed sheet Wednesday, days after being acquitted in a 2012 double homicide case.
His attorneys can move to have the conviction in the Lloyd case erased under a legal principle called “abatement.” It holds that it is unfair to a defendant or to his or her survivors if a conviction is allowed to stand before they had a chance to clear their names on appeal.
Ward’s attorney, Doug Sheff, said if the conviction is erased, it may lead to a payout of up to $6 million from the Patriots to Hernandez. Sheff said he plans to make a claim for that money.
“It’s about my son, Odin Lloyd, and families who lost their loved ones, and we need justice,” Ward said.
Ward’s attorneys have also placed an attachment on Hernandez’s 5,800-square-foot, five-bedroom, seven-bathroom house he bought near Gillette Stadium for $1.3 million as part of their civil lawsuit against Hernandez.
Sheff said the focus of Ward’s case will be on Lloyd and not Hernandez.
“She believes that final judgment is in the hands of a higher power, and she accepts everything that has happened over the past few days as God’s will,” Sheff said.
Ward said Hernandez’s suicide reopened old wounds and she’s reliving the pain of her son’s murder.
“I lost my best friend. I lost my son. I lost the love of my life,” she said.