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Mon, 05/15/2017 - 5:27pm  

Hernandez fiancee has doubts about his suicide

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee says she’s skeptical about the disgraced ex-NFL star’s suicide and whether he wrote the handwritten note found in his prison cell that was addressed to her. She also contends he didn’t kill Odin Lloyd in 2013.

In part one of her interview with Dr. Phil, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez said she thought it was a “hoax” when prison officials told her Hernandez had hanged himself. She said she was devastated when she heard the news, considering their last conversation was upbeat and positive.

“I don’t know what to believe, to be honest with you,” she said. “It’s just not the Aaron that I know. I think that if he would’ve done something like this, he would’ve been at his worst. It was looking so bright. We were going up a ladder, in a sense. I haven’t been able to grasp any of it yet.”

Though Jenkins-Hernandez said she doesn’t think her husband killed himself, she didn’t expound on alternative explanations for his death. When asked about the letter left to her, she explained why she harbors doubts about whether Hernandez had written it.

“I thought it was a note of love,” she said. “I did see that it was addressed to ‘Shay’ instead of ‘babe’ or ‘bae,’ the way he would refer [to me]. I thought that was a little odd to me. As far as the content, he seemed to be his loving self.

“It screamed love, but it wasn’t personal. It wasn’t intimate. There were some odd parts where it just didn’t make sense. It wasn’t clicking in my head as far as what he may have been thinking. It was very short. I wanted more. I wanted him to explain. I was very confused. I can read it over and over again, and I’m still at the same place where I read it. I don’t feel like there’s any progression.”

Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell April 19 at Souza Baranowski Correction Center in Shirley, five days after he was acquitted of double-murder charges. He was still serving a life sentence for the Lloyd shooting, but was appealing the verdict. A judge vacated his conviction last week, citing a seldom used Massachusetts law.

Jenkins-Hernandez admits her fiancee may have been in the “wrong place at the wrong time,” but says he wasn’t a gang member and is innocent of any crimes. Then again, she also admitted that she didn’t ask many questions about his social life.

“Everyone has their own choice in friends. He didn’t have the best choice in some friends, but that doesn’t make him a bad person,” she said. “As far as the relationships he had with outsiders, I don’t necessarily know too much about that. I invited everyone into the home that he brought there. I was never rude.

“Honestly, I never hung around with them. So it’s more or less that you cook and make food for everyone. You make sure they’re comfortable. And then I would kind of go and do my own thing. I wouldn’t say I felt uncomfortable in my home. I separated myself.”

 




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