Shayanna Jenkins, will be in court on Friday to face a perjury charge, exactly one month after her fiancée, former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Jenkins was indicted for perjury in 2013, accused of lying to a grand jury in order to protect Hernandez.
Jenkins is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. on May 15 at the Fall River Justice Center in Fall River, Massachusetts. According to the Hartford Courant, Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg filed a motion on Thursday to dismiss the perjury charge against the mother of Hernandez’s daughter, Avielle, who will turn three in November.
“Her testimony at the trial concerned transactions and matters that are the subject of this indictment. As a result, the Commonwealth may not further prosecute the defendant on the above-captioned indictment and this indictment should be dismissed.”
In late March, Jenkins testified at the Aaron Hernandez murder trial under a grant of immunity. The most talked about part of her testimony was related to a box she placed in a trash bag and removed from the couple’s North Attleboro home the day after Lloyd’s murder.
Jurors asked by media if they thought Shayanna told the truth. They all laugh and say, “no comment.”
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) April 15, 2015
Jenkins stated during her testimony that she didn’t know what was inside the box, and could not recall the location of the dumpster that she placed it in. The prosecution believed that the murder weapon, a.45 Glock, was in the box, and Jenkins disposed of the bag at Hernandez’s request. The gun was never recovered.
Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of murder in the first degree on April 15. He is currently serving his life sentence, without the possibility of parole, at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.
Court documents seeking to to reduce Hernandez’s first-degree murder verdict were filed by the former NFL player’s legal team on Tuesday. The filing asks the court to reduce the verdict to second-degree murder, which would carry a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 15 years.
Metro West Daily News reports that Hernandez’s attorneys, James Sultan, Charles Rankin and Michael Fee, “no rational jury” could have convicted their client, and the jurors used “improper speculation, conjecture and guesswork” to convict Hernandez for Odin Lloyd’s murder. The prosecution reportedly has 30 days to respond to the defense team’s motion.
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