In a preview released Friday of Dr. Phil’s interview with Aaron Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez says she thought the news of his suicide was a hoax.
Shayanna is seen in the clip recounting the moment she learned that Hernandez had hung himself in his jail cell.
“I got a call at 5:27am in the morning from some official at Shirley prison, and they informed me…they informed me that indeed Aaron was deceased,” Shayanna said tearfully.
“And at first I thought it was a hoax. I thought that this was some cruel person – that it was a cruel person playing a trick on me,” she said.
The interview with Dr. Phil will be the first one for Shayanna since Hernandez’s death, and will be aired in two parts next Monday and Tuesday.
According to a press release regarding the interview, Shayanna did not know what Hernandez had been planning, despite his suicide letter which stated that he had told her “what was coming indirectly.”
“I felt like we were looking so bright. We were going up a ladder to a positive direction,” Shayanna said about their last conversation.
Hernandez’s suicide occurred on April 19, five days following his acquittal in the 2012 double murder of Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, 28.
Hernandez was still serving life in prison—without the possibility of parole—for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013.
Shayanna asserted that Hernandez believed his murder conviction would be overturned on appeal and he would soon be released.
“He was very positive, so excited to come home,” Shayanna said about their final phone call which occurred hours before he was found dead. “I spoke to him the night before and he was so, you know, ‘Daddy’s going to be home, and I can’t wait to sleep in bed with you guys, and I can’t wait to just hold you and love you.’”
“I just know the feedback that I was getting from our last talk had nothing to do with suicidal thoughts,” she added.
Their final conversation is one of the reasons that Shayanna does not believe that Hernandez killed himself. Members of the Hernandez family have launched an independent investigation of his death, believing he was murdered instead.
“She does not believe he killed himself, surprisingly, because the evidence is pretty overwhelming,” Dr. Phil said on the Today show Friday.
Dr. Phil’s interview will also address Hernandez’s “purported secret romantic life” that involved an alleged affair with a fellow male inmate.
H/T: Daily Mail
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