Aaron Hernandez Fiancee Shayanna Jenkins Testifies At Murder Trial

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Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, said today in a Boston courtroom that the formerNew England Patriots¬†star denied involvement in a friend’s alleged¬†murder.

Hernandez, 25, is accused of orchestrating Odin Lloyd’s slaying June 17, 2013.

Jenkins said this morning that after she found out Lloyd had been killed, she asked Hernandez whether he did it, and he said “no.”

“That was the extent of our conversation,” she added.

Jenkins, 25, who was granted immunity in February, was called by the prosecution. Surveillance video previously played for the jury showed Jenkins’ removing a garbage bag from their home with what appeared to be a box inside. Prosecutors said before the trial that they believe the box contained the alleged murder weapon, which has never been found.

Prosecutors say Hernandez and two other men picked up Lloyd from his home and brought him to an industrial park near the Patriots’ home at Gillette Stadium. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

PHOTO: Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez sits during his murder trial, March 19, 2015, in Fall River, Mass.

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PHOTO: Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez sits during his murder trial, March 19, 2015, in Fall River, Mass.

Court was delayed this morning about an hour as nine jurors were called into the courtroom individually to be questioned by Judge Susan Garsh. One juror in particular was brought back three times, but it is unknown what was discussed. One juror was dismissed this morning for “reasons that are personal,” bringing the number down to 15.

Proceedings were then delayed longer after the defense filed a motion to limit Jenkins’ testimony. The result was a session this morning without the jury present during which the prosecution asked her a number of questions to gauge what her testimony would be.

Jenkins said when police came to her home on the evening of June 17, she asked Hernandez what it was about, and he said he didn’t know. “I just asked what was going on and he said he didn’t know,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins, Hernandez’ high school sweetheart and the mother of his 2-year-old daughter, then drove Hernandez to the police station. When prosecutors asked whether they had a conversation in the car, Jenkins said “No.”

“We both had question marks,” she said this morning. “We didn’t have any further conversation.”

Jenkins said she and Hernandez didn’t talk about whether Hernandez and Lloyd were together the night of the alleged murder. She said they also didn’t have a conversation about Lloyd’s body being found near their home.

Jenkins said there was one gun kept in the home she shared with Hernandez. The gun was stored in the junk drawer in the kitchen, but she said she doesn’t remember when she last saw the gun in the drawer.

She took the stand again in the afternoon, this time before the jury, but did not repeat the morning’s testimony.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Author: Alejandra Cantu

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