Aaron Hernandez's former fiancee Shayanna Jenkinshas given birth to a baby girl.
Jenkins welcomed a healthy girl into the world at a Rhode Island hospital on June 16, according to TMZ.
The father of the child is Dino Guilmette, an amateur boxer from Providence.
“I’m going to have my hands full but I’m happy about it,” Guilmette told Radar Online in May about her baby on the way. “I’m excited. It’s my daughter. She will have two sisters. I have another daughter from a previous relationship and then there’s Shayna‘s daughter with Aaron. It’s very exciting.”
Jenkins had been quiet about the pregnancy until a month before the birth. She made the official announcement on Instagram.
"Many of you have had speculated that I may be expecting another miracle which is very accurate , I wanted to take time and process and post when I was ready to," she wrote May 22. "I wanted to have a moment for myself alone with my daughter ... we are beyond excited about the new addition and chapter we will soon begin."
In 2013, Hernandez was arrested in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating Jenkins' sister, Shanea. The former New England Patriots tight end was released from the team less than two hours after his arrest. The fallen NFL star was found guilty of Lloyd's murder in 2015, landing him a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
In April 2017, five days after he was acquitted of a 2012 double homicide, Hernandez was found hanging from a bedsheet in his prison cell. Hernandez’s defense attorney, Jose Baez, couldn’t believe Hernandez had killed himself when he received the news of his client's death.
In an interview for Oxygen.com ahead of Oxygen's two-part special “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered,” Baez said, “My initial reaction when I found out Aaron had committed suicide was first one of shock, and it really didn’t set in until hours later, when I realized I couldn’t talk to him again, and that I was never going to speak to him again and that he was gone.”
A few days after Hernandez committed suicide, his legal team filed a motion to vacate his first-degree murder conviction. According to Massachusetts law and the legal principle of abatement ab initio, if a defendant dies without exhausting all legal appeals, the case defaults to its status at the beginning. As The Boston Globe reported, it’s “as if the trial and conviction never happened.”
At the time of Hernandez's suicide, he was in the process of appealing his conviction, so he was posthumously acquitted of the murder charge.
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