FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has testified that after she dropped him off at a police station to be questioned over the slaying of her sister’s boyfriend, he told her to meet one of his co-defendants and give him money.
Shayanna Jenkins was granted immunity to testify in Hernandez’s murder trial Friday. She has been in a relationship with Hernandez since high school and is the mother of his 2-year-old daughter.
Hernandez is accused in the June 17, 2013, killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating Jenkins’ younger sister, Shaneah. Lloyd was found shot to death at an industrial park less than a mile from the home that Shayanna and Hernandez share.
Jenkins says Hernandez told her to meet Ernest Wallace after she dropped him off. Wallace and a third man, Carlos Ortiz, have pleaded not guilty in the killing and will be tried later. She then drove to Rhode Island and gave Wallace $500, the maximum she could withdraw from an ATM.
She said he told her everything would be OK, and she told him to “be safe.”
Jenkins also told the jury that Hernandez was drunk in the hours before the slaying of her sister’s boyfriend.
Shayanna Jenkins also told jurors that she found a handgun in a kitchen junk drawer before the June killing of Lloyd (see video above).
She avoided looking at Hernandez as she testified. As she left the stand, she mouthed something to him, and her face looked ashen.
Before Jenkins took the stand, Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh announced that a male juror had been dismissed from the case, but she didn’t elaborate. He is the third juror to be dismissed from the trial. Fifteen jurors remain, and three of those will be alternates chosen randomly after closing arguments.
Shayanna Jenkins has pleaded not guilty to perjury in connection with the case. Prosecutors say she lied to a grand jury investigating the killing.
The sisters introduced Lloyd and Hernandez in 2012 during a game at Gillette Stadium.
Shayanna Jenkins has been coming to court sporadically and sitting behind Hernandez, whispering “I love you,” to him and occasionally joking with him. She has not appeared in court since March 6.
When Shaneah was called to testify earlier in the trial, Shayanna scribbled notes and then passed them to Hernandez’s lawyers, occasionally sighing as her sister spoke.
Surveillance video played for the jury showed Shayanna removing from their home a garbage bag with what appeared to be a box inside. Prosecutors said before the trial that they believe the box contained the murder weapon, which has never been found.