In a two-part sit-down with Dr. Phil set to air Monday and Tuesday, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez said the way Hernandez addressed her letter was out of character - and couldn't be positive that it was his handwriting.
The former New England Patriots tight end, who was jailed for life without parole for the murder of Odin Lloyd, was found hanging from his prison cell window April 19 at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.
Jenkins Hernandez said the letter seemed odd, starting with the greeting "Shay".
Asked if she believed her fiancee was guilty of Lloyd's murder, Jenkins-Hernandez said, "I truly don't".
She said their final conversation was abruptly cut off.
"I felt like we were looking so bright", she added. "We were going up a ladder to a positive direction", Shayanna told Dr. Phil. The state medical examiner has ruled Hernandez's death a suicide.
Thompson reportedly said his recent correspondence from Hernandez he expressed his interest in pursuing an appeal in the 2013 Lloyd murder case.
"As far as the content, it seemed to be his loving self". She indicated that he never talked about suicide, and believed when she was first called by the prison that the suicide news was a hoax.
Jenkins Hernandez questioned investigators' findings, released in a report earlier this month, that say surveillance video shows that Hernandez was alone in his cell from 8 p.m. until he was discovered dead around 3 a.m.
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McGraw noted surveillance footage showed Hernandez on the phone just before being locked in his cell for the night.
"The handwriting was similar, but I feel like, again, you have nothing but time in there, so, I feel like it's easily duplicated or could be", she continued. "I thought that this was some cruel person playing a trick on me".
Hernandez was convicted of that murder in 2015 and sentenced to life in prison.
"I wanted him home more than anyone".
"I wanted him home more than anyone, I would have stopped it".
Hernandez's suicide came just days after he was acquitted in a 2012 double slaying. "I would have gotten him help, I would have told someone", she said. Another inmate said Hernandez had discovered the little-used legal maneuver, known as abatement ab initio, that would vacate his conviction.
"Everyone has their own choice in friends", Jenkins-Hernandez said. He usually called her either Babe or Bay, she said.
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.
Jenkins-Hernandez indicated that she and her daughter tried to visit Hernandez with their daughter at least once a week.
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