May 16, 2017
Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his jail cell on April 19, 2017. It is reported that the former New England Patriots tight end, who was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, committed suicide. Some have speculated that Hernandez took his own life because he was appealing his conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd and knew that the conviction would be vacated due to the abatement rule, which dismisses a conviction if a defendant dies during appeal, and his estate could be eligible for millions of dollars.
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In an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil airing Tuesday, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, Hernandez’s fiancée, responds to those reports.
“I think anything’s a possibility but I don’t know what this doing was for,” she says. “I can’t speculate on what he was thinking or why he may or may not have done it. Whatever the case is, it’s just unbelievable to me.”
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Jenkins-Hernandez told Dr. Phil that she doubts her longtime love committed suicide because he had just been acquitted in a 2012 double murder and he was appealing the Odin Lloyd conviction, and things were looking brighter.