After his death on April 19, Aaron Hernandez's first-degree murder conviction may be expunged.
While the former New England Patriots tight end, 27, was convicted of killing Odin Lloyd in 2015, his case was still under appeal in Massachusetts, USA Today reports.
"The key here is when a defendant is no longer able to assist with his appeal, the law says the conviction should be vacated," said Massachusetts School of Law Dean and President Michael Coyne, who adds the law is the same in many other states. "In a sense, it goes back to the point where he was only charged."
Not everybody thinks Hernandez's conviction should be expunged, however.
Some argue such a law is unfair to victims and responded to the news angrily.
"Murder is vacated?" commented one Facebook user on USA Today's article. "Does that mean that the guy he killed is no longer dead?"
"He did it so his family will keep his millions and the victims families will get nothing," chimed in a second person on USA Today's Facebook post about the story. "No justice- no compensation. He truly was the lowest form of life."
"So that means his estate is also judgment proof against his victims," added another. "The same thing happened during the Enron debacle. Ex CEO committed suicide, and therefore his assets couldn't be touched. Should be a federal law that death by suicide represents a CHOICE to avoid participation and the consequences of the outcome. Therefore, suicide should be considered a plea of guilty to current charges. That would enable victims to obtain the compensation they deserve."
Others defended expunging Hernandez, while some expressed compassion and sorrow.
"Does it really matter now?" commented one person on USA Today's Facebook post. "He is facing the real judge and jury today and god will decide if he is a murderer or not."
"A sad ending to a very sad story this guy had the world in his hands he could've lived a long life of luxury and helping others being there for his family and being loved but a couple of stupid decisions and its all over," added another person. "These young guys in the NFL need support and they need to be brought in line when they are drafted and they need a mentor to keep them in line the first few years they are in the league what an absolute waste of many lives."