Odin Lloyd’s family files wrongful death lawsuit against Hernandez


Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has enough legal entanglements to keep a mid-size law firm fully employed.  He’s now got another one.

According to the Fall River (Mass.) Herald News, the family of Odin Lloyd has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Hernandez.  Lloyd allegedly was killed by Hernandez in June 2013.

While Hernandez enjoys constitutional protections like the presumption of innocence and the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt when it comes to the question of whether he’ll be imprisoned for most if not all of the rest of his life for killing Lloyd, civil cases turn on the much lower legal standard known as “preponderance of the evidence.”

A generation ago, O.J. Simpson walked away from murder charges but found himself liable for a $33.5 million civil verdict.  Hernandez could see the same outcome, with an acquittal in criminal court and an eight-figure judgment in civil court.

The question now will be the timing of the civil litigation.  In most situations, the lawsuit will be put on hold until after the criminal case ends, since at that point the defendant wouldn’t be able to rely on the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination.  In this case, there may be no money left by the time a jury decides Hernandez’s fate.

Hernandez surely still has ample assets, and he’s seeking $3.25 million in earned but unpaid signing bonus from the Patriots and another $2.96 million in guaranteed pay from the team.  Lloyd’s family — along with the families of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado — should move aggressively on all of Hernandez’s available property before the money ends up being consumed by his legal bills.

14 responses to “Odin Lloyd’s family files wrongful death lawsuit against Hernandez

  1. Why can’t a person rely on Fifth Amendment protection? Are you compelled to testify in a civil case?

    How could they move aggressively on Hernandez’ assets if there is no judgement in the civil case?

  2. The Fall River, Mass., Herald News? Whoa. At least Hernandez will never be the most notorious murder suspect from that area.

  3. Hey, it’s all about the money. The lawyers will get all the dough before any “justice” is meted out.

  4. The lawyers for AH have tried to get the message out that AH cannot be convicted because of lack of reasonable doubt. (no weapon, no witness, no strong motive). I do not think a jury is going to buy their case.

    On the other hand, it may be best for the Lloyd family along with Abreu/Surfado to commence their civil cases now if it is possible all funds will be used up by legal fees and none/little left to compensate them. Their legal teams must analyze AH’s ability to pay knowing the costs of legal defense and estimate what will be left over. Not that money can really make up for the loss of loved ones.

  5. Theres a little bit of a difference in OJ’s situation and Aaron’s. OJ had been out of the game awhile and his endorsement salary was nil pretty much when Nicole Brown Simpson and the young man visiting her were murdered. OJ had time to enjoy some of his earnings in the years between his peak of fame and those murders. He also had income from a few movies he had made.

    Aaron will find it hard to enjoy any of his millions even if not found guilty in the criminal case. His best bet would be to demand a speedy trial. If their evidence in Odin’s case is limited, then giving the feds a chance to snoop around into other areas (i.e. the two murders in florida) could prove to be more costly to fight.

    I still can’t believe the Pats signed this guy for a $40 mil contract…

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