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Hernandez was properly convicted in 2013 slaying, judge rules

Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder for the 2013 shooting death of Odin L. Lloyd.Dominick Reuter/REUTERS

Aaron Hernandez was properly convicted of first-degree murder for the 2013 shooting death of Odin L. Lloyd in a North Attleborough industrial park, Bristol Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh ruled Wednesday.

“The court finds that a rational jury could find that the Commonwealth proved every essential element of the crimes’’ Hernandez was convicted of committing, Garsh wrote in a ruling, rejecting a defense request that she overturn Hernandez’s convictions.

“The jury’s verdict that the defendant is guilty of murder in the first degree committed with extreme atrocity or cruelty and that he is guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm is supported by the evidence,’’ Garsh wrote.

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“The verdict rendered by the jury is consonant with justice,’’ Garsh wrote.

Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm earlier this year and was sentenced to the mandatory life in prison without parole. His trial will be fully reviewed by the Supreme Judicial Court.

Garsh’s ruling, made public Wednesday, came in response to a standard defense motion asking a judge to throw out a jury’s verdict against a client.

Garsh has not yet ruled on a defense request to examine whether one of the jurors who voted to convict Hernandez may have misled the court during the jury selection process.

Hernandez is slated to stand trial in Boston later this year for allegedly murdering two men in the South End in 2012.


John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.