(AP) Mass. prosecutors allege Hernandez girlfriend lied
FALL RIVER, Mass.
The girlfriend of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez lied to a grand jury nearly 30 times, including saying she could not recall where she left a large box Hernandez allegedly told her to dispose of, prosecutors allege in new court documents.
Prosecutors outlined their accusations in a document filed in Fall River Superior Court on Monday explaining a perjury charge against Shayanna Jenkins, The Herald News reported (http://bit.ly/IqEOPf). The accusation about the box had previously been made during her arraignment.
Jenkins has pleaded not guilty and her attorney has accused prosecutors of overreaching. A message seeking comment was left with her attorney Tuesday.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the killing of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semipro football player who was dating Jenkins’ sister. He is being held without bail.
Prosecutors also say they believe Jenkins lied when she said she couldn’t remember several conversations about Lloyd’s murder that she had with Hernandez.
The court documents say Jenkins told the grand jury in August that she didn’t know why Hernandez changed plans to visit New Hampshire and that she never talked to him about why he needed to meet with his lawyers.
The documents also say Jenkins lied about only seeing one gun in her house and about a confidentiality agreement and issues related to the people who cleaned her house, among other topics.
In October, defense attorney Janice Bassil said in court that there was no evidence Jenkins lied. She called a prosecutor’s questioning of Jenkins extremely aggressive and described the relationship between Jenkins and Hernandez, who have a child, as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Bristol County Assistant District Attorney William McCauley said in November that most of her testimony was not credible.
Information from: The (Fall River, Mass.) Herald News, http://www.heraldnews.com