Friday May 15th, 2015

Prosecutors in Massachusetts on Friday dropped a perjury charge against the fiancée of former New England Patriots tight end and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez.

Shayanna Jenkins, who is the mother of Hernandez’s young daughter, pleaded not guilty to the charge in 2013.

Prosecutors had said that Jenkins lied to a grand jury nearly 30 times during the investigation into the June 17, 2013, killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating her sister, Shaneah. They granted Jenkins immunity, and she ended up testifying during the trial.

Hernandez was convicted last month of killing Lloyd and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He is appealing the conviction.

Jenkins was asked repeatedly during her two-day, nearly 1,700-question grand jury testimony where she had put a box she took out of the basement at the home she and Hernandez shared. A surveillance video played during the trial showed Jenkins leaving Hernandez’s house carrying a box. 

Prosecutors believed the box contained evidence of a crime, including possibly the gun used to kill Lloyd. During the trial, Jenkins said she removed the box from the house at Hernandez’s request, but she never looked inside of it before dumping it in a trash bin.

When asked by the Associated Press if she was relieved about the perjury charges being dropped, Jenkins said outside the courtroom: “You have no idea. I'm feeling great. I'm happy to start my future with my daughter and move forward.”

She did not comment when asked if she and Hernandez were still together or if she had spoken with him since the end of the trial.

- Scooby Axson

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