According to the Associated Press, Massachusetts Commonwealth law states that a conviction can be dismissed if a defendant dies prior to the completion of their appeal process.
Prosecutors are set to oppose the motion.
“We have been reviewing the matter and intend to file an opposition to the defense nmotion within the next week,”Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn, told The Sun Chronicle on Tuesday.
After Hernandez’s death, his family said they want his brain to be donated to Boston University for CTE research, but there’s controversy around how the situation is being handled. Hernandez’s funeral was held Monday in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut, which was attended by several of college and pro teammates.
The Hartford Courant reported that Ron Sullivan, a member of Hernandez’s legal team, read a statement to reporters after the funeral.
“The family of Aaron Hernandez wishes to thank the public for its thoughtful expressions of condolences,” the statement said. “The family wishes to say goodbye to Aaron in privacy. They thank everyone in advance for affording them some measure of privacy during this difficult time. They love him and miss him.”