Hernandez fiancee seeks perjury-charge dismissal

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Associated Press

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 10:33 AM

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez asked a judge Friday to throw out charges she lied to a grand jury investigating the killing of a man who was dating her sister.

Shayanna Jenkins appeared before a Fall River Superior Court judge to seek dismissal of perjury charges. Prosecutors said she lied to the grand jury nearly 30 times during the investigation into the 2013 killing of semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd.

Jenkins has pleaded not guilty.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing Lloyd. He is also separately charged with killing two men in Boston in 2012.

Janice Bassil, Jenkins' attorney, said there is no direct evidence to show her client lied.

Prosecutors say she immediately began to lie to police and continued her lies to the grand jury about her contact with an alleged con-conspirator, her knowledge of the presence of guns in Hernandez's home, and her disposal of possible evidence from the home.

The judge did not immediately rule.

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