Focus of Aaron Hernandez investigation turns to his fiancee, who authorities believe hid evidence

Frank Schwab
August 12, 2013

One of the biggest and most important challenges the prosecution faces in the murder case against Aaron Hernandez is finding the murder weapon. And its focus has turned to Hernandez's fiancee.

According to court documents obtained by the Hartford Courant, investigators believe Hernandez's fiancee Shayanna Jenkins made "overt attempts to hide evidence … and to hinder and mislead" the investigation. Hernandez has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the June 17 death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player who was shot and killed. Lloyd was dating Jenkins' sister.

The court documents detailed some suspicious activity by Jenkins the day after Lloyd's body was found, according to the Courant.

The Courant said, according to the documents, said Hernandez "called Jenkins the day after Lloyd's body was found because he wanted to dispose of weapons in his house." Surveillance video of the house shows Jenkins leaving the basement at about 1:15 p.m. with a trash bag containing a heavy "rigid object." She put that trash bag in the trunk of her car and drove off, and when she returned 35 minutes later the bag was no longer in the trunk.

The documents say Jenkins drove towards Landry Avenue, where police found a discarded .22-caliber handgun. The police are still looking for a .45-caliber Glock that was used to kill Lloyd.

Carlos Ortiz, a Hernandez associate who was with Hernandez, Lloyd and Ernest Wallace the night Lloyd was killed, has told police Hernandez stashed two guns in a box in the basement. According to the Courant, investigators cited "cryptic texts" between Hernandez and Jenkins referring to a box in the basement.

According to the story, investigators searched a Bristol storage unit rented in Jenkins' name. The murder weapon has not yet been found.

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