Hernandez's fiancee arraigned on perjury charge

Hernandez's fiancee arraigned on perjury charge
October 15, 2013, 4:30 pm
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FALL RIVER -- The girlfriend of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was arraigned in Massachusetts on a perjury charge connected to the murder case against him.

Shayanna Jenkins appeared in Fall River Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon. She was indicted on a single count of perjury in September related to testimony she gave the Bristol County grand jury hearing evidence in the case.

Jenkins pleaded not guilty to perjury. The prosecution asked for bail to be set at $5,000.

The judge set bail at personal recognizance.

The prosecution argued Jenkins destroyed evidence in early days of the investigation and that it was caught on video. They also said Hernandez asked her to go to the basement of the house and remove a box from the storage room.

Prosecutors went on to say Jenkins fabricated to police that Odin Lloyd was a drug dealer. They also argued she took steps to have cleaning people at the North Attleborough, Mass. house she and Hernandez shared to sign non disclosure agreements.

The defense in turn argued the prosecution was extremely aggressive in their questioning of Jenkins.

They also said Jenkins and Hernandez had a relationship of don’t ask, don’t tell.

Defense said Jenkins has been fully cooperative with the district attorney and has a 1-year-old daughter at home of which she is the primary caretaker.

They also said the perjury indictment is “overreaching.”

Jenkins is due back in court on November 6 for a pre-trial conference.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player from Boston. Lloyd had been dating Jenkins' sister.