FILE - In this, April 14, 2017, file photo, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, center, the fiancee of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, is comforted as she reacts to Hernandez's double murder acquittal at Suffolk Superior Court Friday in Boston.
A two-part interview with Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez is scheduled to air on the "Dr. Phil " show on Monday and Tuesday. She said he was upbeat in their last telephone conversation before he was found hanged and there was no indication he was suicidal.
The Daily Mail reported that members of the Hernandez family believe he was murdered and are conducting an independent investigation into his death. At the time of his death, which has been ruled a suicide, Hernandez was serving life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd - that conviction was officially dismissed after Aaron Hernandez's death because the former footballer hadn't exhausted all appeals.
The former National Football League athlete hanged himself last month in a MA prison cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder.
"I don't know what to believe, to be honest with you", she said.
The fiancee of former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez says she thought his suicide was a hoax.
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Jenkins-Hernandez said the toddler would sit in Hernandez's lap, color with him and play cards during those prison visits.
In fact, it has since been theorized that the real motivation for Lloyd's murder was that Lloyd knew about Hernandez's homosexual tendencies and threatened to tell Shayanna, who was his girlfriend's sister.
"That's not the Aaron I know", she said. "Things were looking so bright going up the ladder and in a positive direction". She'd just spoken to him the night before he hung himself.
In a preview of the interview Friday, McGraw told Today that Jenkins doubted Hernandez committed suicide given he had just been acquitted of two murders and had another one on appeal. According to his fiancee, the suicide note Aaron Hernandez left for her was odd and not necessarily written as she imagined he would have done.
Some inmates have said Hernandez had become increasingly spiritual during his time in prison, but Jenkins-Hernandez said the bible verse didn't sound like Hernandez and he'd never mentioned it to her.
Avielle "was very much a daddy's girl", she said, explaining that she took the 4-year-old to see her father once or twice a week before his death.
She added: "It screamed love, but it wasn't personal". It wasn't intimate.... There were some odd parts where It didn't make sense.