THE FIANCEE of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial today, two people with knowledge of the matter told the Associated Press.
Shayanna Jenkins was granted immunity by the court in February, which means she can be compelled to testify or face time behind bars. There had been a question over whether prosecutors would call Jenkins, who has been in a relationship with Hernandez, 25, since high school and is the mother of his 2-year-old daughter.
The two people spoke to the AP yesterday on condition of anonymity because of a gag order that's in place.
Jenkins, 25, has pleaded not guilty to perjury. Prosecutors say she lied to a grand jury investigating the June 17, 2013, killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating her younger sister, Shaneah. Lloyd was found shot to death at an industrial park less than a mile from the home Jenkins and Hernandez share.
Shayanna Jenkins has been coming to court sporadically and sitting behind Hernandez, whispering "I love you," to him at breaks and occasionally joking with him. She has not appeared in court since March 6. That day, she was not wearing a large diamond engagement ring that she usually sported on her ring finger.
Shaneah Jenkins, 23, testified for prosecutors earlier in the trial. When she appears in court, she sits with Lloyd's mother and other family members. During Sheneah's testimony, Shayanna scribbled notes and then passed them to Hernandez's lawyers at breaks and occasionally sighed as her sister spoke.
The day after the killing, Shaneah Jenkins testified, her sister asked to borrow her car to go get money for the house cleaners.
Shaneah testified she saw her sister carry a garbage bag to the basement. Surveillance video later played for the jury showed Shayanna then removing what appeared to be a box from the basement and putting it in the trunk of her sister's car.
Prosecutors said before the trial that they believe the box contained the gun Hernandez used to kill Lloyd. The murder weapon has never been found.
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