Actor Brian Heintz of Detroit, MI will appear as football player Aaron Hernandez in the ID Murder Mystery 2020, January 20, 2020. This documentary is a two-night mini-series special event that will screen January 20 and January 21 at 9:00 PM Eastern/8:00 PM Centrail both nights.
Aaron Josef Hernandez was a football player who earned All-American honors at the University of Florida and established himself as a quality NFL tight end for New England Patriots. Hernandez’s career came to an abrupt end after his arrest in 2013 and conviction for the murder of his friend Odin Lloyd who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée
Following his arrest, Hernandez was immediately released by the Patriots. He was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2015 and sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. While on trial for Lloyd’s murder, he was also indicted for the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado but was acquitted after a 2017 trial.
Brian Heintz, known for some 30+ credited roles in movies such as Revenge of the Mask (2018), Be Somebody (2018), Eternal Code (2019), Wacky Roary Lionman (2019), among others, as well as TV shows, can be seen for a few fleeting moments in this dramatic reenactment of the Hernandez trial and sentencing.
Watch for Heintz at the 1:39-1:48 minute mark as Aaron comes into the dining room and puts his hand on Shania’s shoulder and asks her whether she is okay, after which he turns around and disappears. Shania never sees him again that day.
Heintz (as Hernandez) is again seen at the 4:00 minute mark at which point he appears wearing a long sleeve white pullover and a Patriot’s cap sitting on a bed at his bachelor pad where he beckons Safiro Furtado into the bedroom. He and Furtado have some conversation and he tries to touch her “in some way.” He kisses her, but she pushes him away and she tells him, “No, I’m your nanny. I can’t do this.”
You can see Heintz more clearly as he is sitting in the passenger seat of a car from which he is seen shooting a firearm out of the opposite window across the chest of the driver.
Days after being acquitted of the double homicide, Hernandez was found dead in his cell. His death was ruled a suicide. His conviction for Lloyd’s murder was initially vacated under the doctrine of abatement ab initio because Hernandez died during its appeal but was reinstated in 2019 following an appeal from prosecutors and the Lloyd family.
After his death, Hernandez was diagnosed with severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which may have affected his actions and emotional stability, and been a contributing factor in some of his criminal behavior.
Tune into this two-night ID Murder Mystery special event January 20 and January 21 at 9:00 EST/8:00 Central.