Aaron Hernandez Fiancee Shayanna Jenkins Lied, Say Prosecutors

Wednesday, 04 Dec 2013 08:02 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Aaron Hernandez' fiancée Shayanna Jenkins lied at least 29 times to a grand jury, prosecutors claim in the perjury case against her.

The alleged false testimony was made on Aug. 13 and Aug. 15, according to court documents filed by lead prosecutor William McCauley, the Boston Globe reported.

The multiple perjury charges stem primarily from Jenkins' inability to remember multiple conversations she had with Hernandez on the day he is accused of having shot his friend to death, as well as any details pertaining to the whereabouts of the murder weapon, which prosecutors believe she spirited away.

Jenkins had previously admitted to a grand jury that she had removed a box that was believed to have contained the murder weapon – a .45-caliber handgun – allegedly used by Hernandez to kill former associate Odin Lloyd, however she failed to tell the jury the exact location of the dumpster where she had discarded the box, Fox Sports reported.

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During the Nov. 6 pretrial hearing, Assistant District Attorney William McCauley, who filed the Bill of Particulars alleging the perjury against Jenkins, described the 24-year-old's testimony as "not credible," HeraldNews.com reported.

At a hearing in October, Jenkins' attorney Janice Bassil, accused the prosecution of overreach in the perjury charge, arguing that Jenkins could honestly not recall where she had dumped the box and that she had testified truthfully in the trial thus far.

"It seems to me that this is overreaching," Bassil said. "The indictment is overreaching. The statement by Mr. Bomberg is overreaching. And the request for bail is overreaching."

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Hernandez was a star tight end of the New England Patriots when he was arrested on June 26 for the alleged execution-style murder of Lloyd, whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial area near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass. He was cut by the team within hours of his arrest.

Jenkins, who has been dating Hernandez since the couple met in high school, has an infant daughter with the former football player.

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