May 16, 2017
Aaron Hernandez was a rising football star when he was drafted to the New England Patriots in 2010. But three years later, his career was cut short when he was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd, which he was eventually convicted of. While he was serving his life sentence, he stood trial for a 2012 double murder. A few days after being acquitted in that murder, he was found dead in his jail cell.
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Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, says despite his run-ins with the law, the rumors that he was a gang member, and all of his tattoos, her high school sweetheart was a man full of life who loved to make everyone laugh.
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“I want him, one, to be known as innocent because he was,” she tells Dr. Phil in an exclusive interview airing Tuesday. “I just want him to be known for what he is instead of what people are speculating him out to be from what they see on TV. They want to make him out to be this monster, and he’s not … I just think that it’s time for Aaron to be free.”
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