Prosecutors detail perjury charges against Aaron Hernandez’s girlfriend

12/04/2013 — 1 Comment

Claim Shayanna Jenkins lied on almost 30 statements to grand jury

FALL RIVER, Mass. —Prosecutors allege that Shayanna Jenkins lied in almost 30 statements she gave to a Bristol County grand jury probing Odin Lloyd’s murder, the Herald News reports. 

Jenkins, 24, told the grand jury on Aug. 13 and Aug. 15 that she did not know why her boyfriend, Aaron Hernandez, changed their plans to visit New Hampshire in mid-June. Jenkins also said she never had a conversation with Hernandez about why he needed to meet with his lawyers and that she did not know it was a lawsuit filed in Florida that prompted the change in plans, according to court documents.

Late Monday, the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office filed the Bill of Particulars that explains the perjury charge that Jenkins was indicted on in late September. Jenkins pleaded not guilty at her arraignment.

Several of the alleged false statements in the Bill of Particulars were already mentioned by prosecutors in Jenkins’ two previous court hearings.

The Bill of Particulars alleges Jenkins lied when she told the grand jury that she could not recall where she dumped a large box that Hernandez allegedly told her to “get rid of” from their North Attleborough home’s basement the day after Lloyd’s murder on June 17. Jenkins also testified that she did not know what the items were, that she did not try to hide the box and that she did not speak with anyone else about discarding it, prosecutors said.

Jenkins also testified that she did not know what happened to a white sweatshirt that Hernandez wore on the night of Lloyd’s murder and that she only knew alleged accomplice Ernest Wallace as “Bo.” Jenkins also said she had not spoken to Wallace, 44, since Lloyd’s murder, according to court documents.

Prosecutors also allege that Jenkins lied about not recalling several conversations about Lloyd’s murder with Hernandez, including why police detectives went to their home or why Hernandez, the former Patriots star tight end, went to the North Attleborough police station for questioning, according to court documents.

At Jenkins’ arraignment her defense lawyer, Janice Bassil, said the prosecution’s case was “an overreach,” and added there was no evidence of perjury other than prosecutors not believing Jenkins’ answers to the grand jury.

“When someone says they don’t recall something and there’s no evidence to the contrary, that’s not perjury,” Bassil said during Jenkins’ Nov. 6 pretrial hearing in Fall River Superior Court.

Bassil said prosecutors used “heavy-handed” tactics against Jenkins, at one point bringing her to tears in front of the grand jury. Bassil said Jenkins was not aware of everything that Hernandez was doing, adding that their relationship had elements of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

However, First Assistant District Attorney William McCauley, who filed the Bill of Particulars, said during the Nov. 6 pretrial hearing that most of Jenkins’ testimony was “not credible.”

The Bill of Particulars says Jenkins lied about seeing only one gun in her house, and that she also committed perjury in her testimony regarding a confidentiality agreement and immigration issues related to her house cleaners. Prosecutors said Jenkins moved to obtain non-disclosure agreements from her housemaids after Lloyd’s murder. Bassil said it was not unusual for NFL stars and celebrities to obtain non-disclosure agreements from their house staff.

Meanwhile, prosecutors have another filing deadline today. They need to respond to Hernandez’s lawyers’ Nov. 15 motion that renews their request for a formal gag order and that accuses the district attorney’s office of leaking prejudicial information to the media. The district attorney’s denied the allegations.

 

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