Suffolk district attorney not seeking re-election

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley
Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley –Lane Turner/Globe Staff/File 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s longtime prosecutor isn’t running for re-election.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said Tuesday he won’t be seeking another four-year term in November.

Conley’s office handled several high-profile cases including a 2017 double-murder trial against former New England Patriots star player Aaron Hernandez, who was acquitted but later killed himself in prison where he was serving a life sentence for another murder.

Conley also handled the case of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed ashore in a trash bag in 2015. The ex-boyfriend of the girl’s mother was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life.

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The Democrat was appointed to the office in 2002 and held the job for 16 years. He said it’s time to give someone else a chance.