FALL RIVER — The fiancée of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez won a partial victory Wednesday in her perjury case when prosecutors were ordered to detail in writing her alleged lies to a grand jury.
Bristol Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh said from the bench that the indictment against Shayanna Jenkins, 24, “does not, the court finds, put the defendant on notice as to the nature” of the perjury charge. Prosecutors allege that Jenkins lied to the grand jury hearing evidence in the murder case against Hernandez.
Garsh ordered prosecutors to file by Dec. 2 a legal document, known as a bill of particulars, that specifies “the substance and effect of what [Jenkins] said that they believe constitutes perjury.”
William McCauley, a Bristol prosecutor, argued against the defense request, saying the government has provided Jenkins with evidence including grand jury minutes and that the details of her alleged lies are “clearly contained in her testimony.”
Hernandez is charged in the slaying of Odin Lloyd, 27, of Dorchester, who was fatally shot June 17 and left in an industrial yard near the football player’s North Attleborough home.
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