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Prosecutors claim Aaron Hernandez’s fiance Shayanna Jenkins lied 29 times to grand jury

Aaron HernandezShayanna Jenkins, the fiancee of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, could play a major role in the investigation and trial surrounding the murder of Odin Lloyd. In fact, she already has. And that could be a very bad thing for her.

According to the Boston Globe, Jenkins is facing charges of lying to a grand jury 29 times. Prosecutors claim that Jenkins lied about conversations she had with Hernandez on June 18, including one in which he allegedly called her from his lawyer’s office and told her to remove items from his home.

As we previously shared with you, Jenkins has reportedly been seen on surveillance footage carrying a trash bag out of Hernandez’s basement and putting it in the trunk of her car. She is said to have returned 35 minutes later without the bag. Prosecutors claim Jenkins has since lied about why she removed the items, what the items were, and how she disposed of them.

As Pro Football Talk speculated, the prosecution’s goal could be to get Hernandez to agree to some sort of deal that would keep Jenkins, who is the mother of his child, out of prison. Or, perhaps Jenkins will be willing to provide crucial information that could incriminate Hernandez when she realizes the ramifications of the charges that are expected to be brought against her.

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins reportedly tried to hide evidence

Aaron HernandezIf Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins was somehow involved with what happened in the days and hours leading up to and after the night Odin Lloyd was murdered, we have yet to figure out how. Hernandez called Jenkins the day he was arrested to tell her to stop speaking with authorities. Prior to that, she told investigators that she was unfamiliar with Lloyd but began crying when she was informed he had been killed.

Jenkins likely stopped talking to police to avoid giving up information that could incriminate Hernandez, but has she gone further than that? According to the Hartford Courant, investigators recently searched a Bristol storage unit that was rented in Jenkins’ name because they believe she made “overt attempts to hide evidence … and to hinder and mislead.”

New court documents that were released on Friday included surveillance video, text messages, and an interview with Jenkins’ sister Shaneah that has led investigators to believe Shayanna may have knowledge of what happened to the murder weapon that was used to kill Lloyd. The documents also stated that Hernandez is believed to have called Jenkins the day after Lloyd’s body was found to ask her to dispose of weapons in his house.

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On June 18, the day after Lloyd’s body was found, Jenkins was reportedly seen on surveillance footage from Hernandez’s home carrying a trash bag out of the basement that contained a “rigid object” which authorities believe resembled a lock box or safe. She returned 35 minutes later and opened the trunk of her car, which allegedly showed that the trash bag was no longer there.

Shaneah Jenkins reportedly told police that she had a conversation with her uncle Azia Jenkins, during which he told her that Hernandez called Shayanna on June 18 to ask her to remove weapons from the house. Shaneah said she was told the weapons were later “disposed of in the woods.” Investigators also claim Shayanna and Hernandez exchanged cryptic texts which made mention of a box in the basement.

Jenkins has not been charged in connection with the investigation. Authorities have reportedly searched a stretch of highway and a lake in Hernandez’s hometown in an attempt to recover the murder weapon, but they have had no luck.

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Shayanna Jenkins reportedly cried when told ‘drug dealer’ Odin Lloyd had been killed

Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins reportedly answered several questions for police officers before Hernandez allegedly called her on the phone and told her to stop. According to police reports released to the public on Tuesday, Jenkins immediately began to cry when she was informed that Lloyd had been killed.

Jenkins told police that Lloyd was dating her sister Shaneah Jenkins, which Hernandez also confirmed when he was first questioned by police. She later claimed that she was not very familiar with him and did not know his family or any of his friends. Shayanna said that Hernandez knew Lloyd through Shaneah, and that she last saw Lloyd on Saturday, June 15 at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Despite telling authorities she was not very familiar with Lloyd, Jenkins allegedly went on to say that she knew he “smoked marijuana and was also a marijuana dealer.” She said she often overheard Lloyd talking on his cell phone about what she assumed were marijuana sales because his phone was constantly ringing and he spoke in “lingo.”

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Hernandez was at the North Attleboro Police department, where he had agreed to go and answer some questions, at the time Jenkins spoke to officers on June 17. Jenkins provided investigators with a cell phone number for Hernandez, which an officer called on the spot and hung up when Hernandez answered.

Another interesting piece of information Jenkins shared with investigators had to do with the surveillance system at Hernandez’s home. She explained how it worked and said that it was recently installed because there had been several recent break-in attempts at the residence.

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Jenkins then told officers that she was unsure who Hernandez went out with the night of June 16 into the early morning of June 17, when Lloyd was murdered. It was at that point that Hernandez allegedly called her on her cell phone and told her that his sports agent said she should not speak to investigators.

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