Aaron Hernandez

Fiancee of ex-NFLer Aaron Hernandez called to testify Friday

shayanna1FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial Friday, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.

Shayanna Jenkins was granted immunity by the court in February, which means she can be compelled to testify or face time behind bars. There had been a question over whether prosecutors would call Jenkins, who has been in a relationship with Hernandez since high school and is the mother of his 2-year-old daughter.

The two people spoke to the AP on Thursday on condition of anonymity because of a gag order that’s in place.

Jenkins has pleaded not guilty to perjury. Prosecutors say she lied to a grand jury investigating the June 17, 2013, killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating her sister. Lloyd was found shot to death at an industrial park less than a mile from the home that Jenkins and Hernandez share.

Video surveillance viewed by jurors showed Jenkins removing what appeared to be a box from the family’s basement the day after the killing. Prosecutors said before the trial they believe the box contained the gun Hernandez used to kill Lloyd, which has never been found.

Jenkins has been coming to court sporadically and sitting behind Hernandez, whispering “I love you,” to him at breaks and occasionally joking with him. At times, she has chatted with his lawyers and occasionally passed them notes. She has not appeared in court since March 6. That day, she was not wearing a large diamond engagement ring that would usually be seen on her ring finger.


Source: AP

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Sheylee says:

Judge Garsh offered Jenkins full immunity on the charges, as well as anything she would say on the stand. With no charges possible, Jenkins can no longer invoke her Fifth Amendment right to remain silent against self-incrimination. She must testify or face contempt of court charges. If she refuses to testify, Garsh could order her into custody immediately and have her hauled out of the fifth-floor courtroom. Shayanna could also agree to testify but provide evasive or uncertain answers, lots of “I don’t recalls” that could lead to some intense examination by prosecutor McCauley. That may allow her to comply with court, yet not technically flip on Hernandez.

Dale says:

He should have been home with his girl and kid. Like Simpson, he thinks he can do whatever he wants to because he has (had) a lot of money. By the time he goes through two or three trials, counting this one, and civil suits, the thug is done.

He for sure won’t play football ever again, and I think it was neat that his team won the supper bowl. Wonder how much that hurt. Save us all a lot of money and hang him now. The world is a better place without him running around.


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