FALL RIVER — Prosecutors have no evidence that a cousin of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez destroyed or discarded a cellphone belonging to one of Hernandez’s alleged accomplices in a June killing, the cousin’s lawyer said Thursday.
“The Commonwealth has no evidence that [Tanya] Singleton made that happen,” her attorney, E. Peter Parker, said in a pretrial hearing here in Bristol Superior Court.
Singleton, 38, faces a conspiracy count and a contempt charge, which was brought after she refused to testify before a grand jury hearing evidence in the case. She has pleaded not guilty and is being held on $15,000 bail.
The cellphone in question belonged to Ernest Wallace, 41, who is charged as an accessory after the murder of Odin L. Lloyd, 27, of Dorchester.
Hernandez, 24, is charged with murder and weapons violations in the fatal shooting of Lloyd, whose body was found near the athlete’s North Attleborough mansion on June 17. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.
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