Aaron Hernandez's fiancee and cousin have been indicted by a Bristol County (Mass.) grand jury on charges of perjury related to the homicide of Odin Lloyd, according to district attorney Sam Sutter. The revelations were announced via Twitter; Shayanna Jenkins' name [sic]:
The Grand Jury has indicted Shayana Jenkins on a charge of perjury in connection to the investigation into the June 17 killing of Odin Lloyd
— DA Sam Sutter (@DASamSutter) September 27, 2013
Grand Jury has indicted Tanya Singleton on a charge of Conspiracy to Commit Accessory After the Fact connected to probe of Odin Lloyd murder — DA Sam Sutter (@DASamSutter) September 27, 2013
Authorities charged that Jenkins, Hernandez's fiancee, lied to investigators during their work. While Sutter did not provide specific information about the basis of the indictment, prosecutors have said in the past that both women made "overt attempts" to mislead or misdirect the investigation. Jenkins remains free, but could be summoned for arraignment.
Singleton, Hernandez's cousin, was previously indicted on a charge of contempt. According to the Hartford Courant, Singleton drove to Georgia with Ernest Wallace, another individual involved in the case, after the shooting, and then purchased a bus ticket for Wallace from Georgia to Florida.
Fall River Superior Court has not announced arraignment dates for either Singleton or Jenkins.
Odin Lloyd, a semipro football player, was shot and killed in a Massachusetts industrial park in the early hours of June 17. Hernandez, a former tight end with the New England Patriots, has been charged with first-degree murder and weapons charges in connection with Lloyd's death. Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty, remains in prison.
In related news, Carlos Ortiz, an associate of Hernandez's, has also been indicted on a charge of accessory to murder after the fact. However, in a twist that could benefit Hernandez, Ortiz, who was with Hernandez on the night of Lloyd's death, slightly changed his story about the night of Lloyd's death. Ortiz had previously said on multiple occasions that Hernandez and Wallace got out of the car at the industrial park with Lloyd.
Now Ortiz has changed that story to say that Wallace never got out of the car. While this version isolates Hernandez as the only one who could have shot Lloyd, the inconsistency could prove a problem for the prosecution. Defense attorneys could use that change as a way to paint Ortiz and Wallace, the only ones who can point the finger at Hernandez as the trigger man, as unreliable witnesses. A jury may not find Hernandez guilty if reasonable doubt exists that he was the one who shot Lloyd.
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