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Filing details case against Aaron Hernandez’s fiancée

FALL RIVER — The fiancee of Aaron Hernandez lied 29 times to a grand jury investigating the slaying of a Dorchester man that the former New England Patriot is alleged to have committed, a prosecutor said Tuesday in a court filing.

William M. McCauley, first assistant district attorney for Bristol County, alleged in papers filed in Superior Court that Shayanna Jenkins, 24, lied repeatedly when she testified under oath in August.

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Hernandez, also 24, faces murder and weapons charges in allegedly orchestrating the execution-style slaying of Odin L. Lloyd, 27, who was shot several times in June. His body was found near Hernandez’s North Attleborough mansion on June 17.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is being held without bail. Two of his associates, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, have pleaded not guilty to accessory charges.

Jenkins, the mother of Hernandez’s 1-year-old daughter, is charged with perjury, and the document filed Tuesday provided specific instances in which prosecutors allege that she lied. Jenkins has pleaded not guilty and is free on personal recognizance.

A judge ordered the government last month to file the document, called a bill of particulars, in response to a defense request for more specifics about the perjury charge.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, attended a pretrial conference in Bristol Superior Court in Fall River early last month.

According to prosecutors, Jenkins lied about conversations that she had with Hernandez when he called her on June 18 from his attorney’s office and instructed her to remove items from their house.

Michael K. Fee, a lawyer for Hernandez, could not be reached for comment.

In addition, Jenkins lied about why she removed the items, her lack of knowledge of those objects, and how she got rid of them, McCauley stated.

Her lawyer, Janice Bassil, dismissed McCauley’s filing.

“Perhaps they feel if they throw enough mud against the wall, something will stick,” Bassil said by phone, adding that while she has not reviewed all of the materials, she has not seen any evidence showing that Jenkins lied on the stand.

Bassil also said that prosecutors initially accused Jenkins of perjuring herself only four times. She said it appears they have simply decided “that they don’t believe her.”

“I guess it’s going to be a long trial,” Bassil said.

Prosecutors have not identified in court the items that Jenkins allegedly removed from the home, and a spokeswoman for the Bristol district attorney’s office declined to comment Tuesday beyond the filing.

Patrick Bomberg, another Bristol prosecutor, said during Jenkins’s arraignment in October that she collected a box, at Hernandez’s request, from their home’s basement on June 18 and tossed it into a dumpster.

Jenkins allegedly testified that she could not remember where she discarded the box, and Bassil said at the arraignment that Jenkins “really didn’t remember” the location.

The lawyers’ statements about the box came after a police affidavit stated that Ortiz told investigators Hernandez stored guns in a box in the basement soon after Lloyd was shot. The murder weapon has not been found.

Also, among the alleged lies, prosecutors cited Jenkins’s statements to the grand jury that she did not discuss with Hernandez the reason police had come to their home; that she saw only one gun in the house; and that she did not know what happened to a white sweat shirt belonging to Hernandez.

In addition, they allege, she lied when she said that she did not speak with Hernandez about the February shooting in Florida of one of his former associates, and that she did not remember what Hernandez told her about why he is being sued. Alexander Bradley, the former associate, is suing Hernandez and alleges that he shot him in the face in Florida.

McCauley’s filing also stated that Jenkins lied when she said she had not spoken to Wallace since Lloyd’s death.

If convicted on the perjury charge, Jenkins would face up to 20 years in prison.

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com; John R. Ellement at john.ellement@ globe.com.
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