Aaron Hernandez's lawyers file to dismiss murder conviction

The former Patriots star was cited more than a dozen times for violations and was reportedly a member of the Bloods gang while in prison.

Aaron Hernandez's lawyers want his first-degree murder conviction dismissed now that the former NFL star has been laid to rest.

According to The Associated Press, Hernandez's defense attorneys on Tuesday filed a motion in Superior Court in Massachusetts to dismiss the sentence. A spokesman for the Bristol County, Mass., district attorney's office confirmed that the prosecutors in the case will oppose the motion.

Under state law, Hernandez's suicide could result in a vacated conviction because the former Patriots tight end was in the process of an appeal and died before it was heard.

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Hernandez was found hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., early last Wednesday and his death was later ruled a suicide. He was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the death of Odin L. Lloyd in June 2013, though he had been acquitted in a separate double murder trial just five days before he took his life.

Hernandez's funeral was Monday, shortly after his family was granted a request to see the three notes he allegedly left in his cell before hanging himself.

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