The Boston Globe reports the legal principle is called "abatement ab initio", which means that if a person dies when their appeals are still active then the case goes back to the beginning.
His Bible in his cell was open to that verse, said the station.
Aaron Hernandez had the Bible verse "John 3:16" scrawled on his forehead when he was found dead in his prison cell Wednesday, reports say.
Days before his death in prison, Aaron Hernandez was acquitted in the murders of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu in Boston's South End in 2012.
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Aaron Hernandez's family has chose to donate his brain to medical researchers, his lawyer, Jose Baez, said at a press conference Thursday. Michele Steele joined ESPN's Boston bureau four years ago, on the day Hernandez was taken into custody.
"I just think it got to him - the guilt", Mixson Philip said.
Authorities say Hernandez was found hanging in his MA prison cell early Wednesday and was pronounced dead at a hospital. He was a world-class athlete whose name was very, very well-known in MA.
Friends were also grieving in CT, where Hernandez was raised. In Feb. 2014, Hernandez and another inmate exchanged words at Bristol County House of Correction before he punched the inmate, knocking him to the ground.
While Simpson's life story continues to play out, Hernandez's life story has come to an end.
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Baez won an acquittal last week for Hernandez in the separate 2012 double killing of two men. Prosecutors said he gunned them down after one of them accidentally spilled a drink on him in a nightclub.
He had his daughter with Shayanna Jenkins, who he began dating in 2007.
It's also possible the markings had a meaning that we'll never know, because Hernandez didn't leave a note behind.
Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early, Jr., says detectives assigned to his office and the Department of Correction are investigating Hernandez's death. The chance Hernandez could've been found not guilty of a charge he was serving for life is what many lawyers are questioning after the news of suicide surfaced.
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