Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL star who was found dead yesterday after hanging himself in prison, is the subject of a documentary TV series produced by Geno McDermott’s Blackfin. The company had been in production on the series since early this year, working with writer Dan Wetzel who had covered Hernandez’s story for the past four years.
The series tracks the most recent murder trial, in which Hernandez was acquitted of a double homicide just five days before his death. It also explores Hernandez’s past and the truth behind the perceived double life he led. The series said to be similar to Netflix’s Making a Murderer, will be pitched next week to streaming services, cable and premium networks. The meetings had been scheduled before yesterday’s tragic twist to the story, which will likely make these services more interested in producing the series.
The former New England Patriots Pro Bowl tight end was acquitted of the 2012 fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston. He was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for his conviction in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, a semipro football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez. Hernandez was in the process of appealing that conviction at the time of his death.