The family of Antiguan Odin Lloyd says it will continue to pursue its wrongful death lawsuit against former New England Patriot football team’s wide receiver, Aaron Hernandez, despite the convicted murderer’s reported suicide in a Massachusetts prison Wednesday morning.
The New York Daily news reports that Douglas Sheff, a civil attorney representing Lloyd’s family, maintained that he was in contact with Lloyd’s Antiguan-born mother, Ursula Ward, after news of Hernandez’s death broke Wednesday.
Ward filed the lawsuit in 2013 after her son, a semi-professional football player from Boston, was found shot to death in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.
Hernandez, 27, was charged with killing Lloyd, with a Bristol County jury convicting Hernandez of first degree murder in 2015.
Lloyd was a landscaper living in Dorchester when he was killed in a North Attleboro, Massachusetts industrial park. He was 27.
Lloyd was reportedly dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend.
Hernandez’s appeal of the conviction was not heard before his death, “and an archaic law in Massachusetts may be a hurdle for Ward and Sheff to clear,” said the Daily News, adding that “the commonwealth’s Supreme Judicial Court did not confirm the conviction and, thus, all legal exercises were not exhausted.
The paper reports that Hernandez’s appellate attorney, John M. Thompson, is expected to seek a voiding of Hernandez’s conviction once he obtains a death certificate.