In a court filing on Tuesday, a prosecutor said that 24-year-old Shayanna Jenkins, the fiancée of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, lied 29 times to a grand jury looking into the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.
The first assistant district attorney for Bristol County, William M. McCauley, said that Jenkins repeatedly lied while testifying under oath in August. She has been charged with perjury and would face up to 20 years if convicted.
Lloyd’s body was found near Hernandez’s Massachusetts mansion in June. The former All Pro tight end has pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges for allegedly orchestrating Lloyd’s murder. Two other men, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, have pleaded not guilty to accessory charges.
The document citing Jenkins’ alleged lies, called a bill of particulars, was filed by prosecutors after a judge granted a defense request for more specifics about the perjury charge.
According to prosecutors, Jenkins lied about a conversation she had with Hernandez where he asked her to remove items from their house after the alleged murder. Jenkins, the mother of Hernandez’s 1-year-old daughter, then allegedly lied about why she removed the items and how she got rid of them.
“Perhaps they feel if they throw enough mud against the wall, something will stick,” Jenkins’ lawyer, Janice Bassil told the Boston Globe. “I guess it’s going to be a long trial.”
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