Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez’s home and 2005 Hummer vehicle will be sold off by brokers as part of a wrongful death suit, a judge ruled Thursday. Hernandez is being sued by Ursula Ward, mother of Odin Lloyd, the 27-year-old semi-pro football player Hernandez was convicted of killing in 2013.
Superior Court Judge Richard Moses approved terms of a joint request by Hernandez and Lloyd’s respective legal teams, which called for brokers to sell the $1.3 million North Attleborough, Massachusetts, mansion and the vehicle. It’s unclear what will happen to sale proceeds, which will be held by the New Bedford, Massachusetts, superior court until Moses gives further instructions. Moses had given the two legal teams 60 days to agree on how to proceed with Hernandez’s remaining assets, the Fall River Herald News reported.
Hernandez’s attorney, John Fitzpatrick, argued in May that his client was essentially broke, after he spent much of his career earnings on legal fees. He said Hernandez, who played tight end for the Patriots for three seasons, earned just a “fraction” of the $40 million contract he signed with the franchise in 2012. The Patriots voided most of Hernandez’s contract guarantees following his 2013 arrest for Lloyd’s murder.
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Ward’s lawyers had filed to block any sale of Hernandez’s Hummer or mansion, and filed a discovery motion to uncover Hernandez’s remaining assets, the Associated Press reported in May. Initial court documents said Ward could receive more than $5 million in damages.
Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole last April, after a grand jury found him guilty of Lloyd’s 2013 murder in a North Attleborough industrial park. He faces two additional murder charges and civil suits in connection with the fatal shootings in 2012 of two men after an altercation in a Boston nightclub. Hernandez pleaded not guilty to the murders.