Hernandez fiancee to seek charge dismissal

Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former New England Patriots' Aaron Hernandez, stood with her defense attorney Janice Bassil in superior court in October.
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Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former New England Patriots' Aaron Hernandez, stood with her defense attorney Janice Bassil in superior court in October.

FALL RIVER — The fiancee of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player accused of murder, will seek to have her related perjury charge dismissed, her lawyer said on Monday.

During a pretrial hearing for Shayanna Jenkins, 24, defense attorney Janice Bassil said she plans to file a dismissal motion, but first must complete her review of the evidence that prosecutors have turned over. Bassil said “the facts are fairly sprawling” in the case.

William McCauley, lead prosecutor, told Bristol Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh that the government has turned over most of its evidence to Bassil, with the possible exception of some video surveillance images that are being copied.


Jenkins did not attend the hearing. Bassil said after the hearing that Jenkins, who has pleaded not guilty to a perjury charge and remains free on personal recognizance, is holding up well.

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She and Hernandez have an infant daughter, who Bassil said remains at the forefront of her client’s thoughts. “She’s fine,” Bassil said. “She’s very focused, as always, on her baby. It’s hard, but she’s a mom with a beautiful baby girl.”

Prosecutors allege that Jenkins lied 29 times in August when she testified in front of a grand jury hearing evidence in the death of Odin L. Lloyd, 27, of Dorchester.

Jenkins is accused of lying about conversations she had with Hernandez when he called her June 18 from his attorney’s office and instructed her to remove items from the residence.

She also lied about why she removed the items, her lack of knowledge of those objects, and how she got rid of them, say prosecutors.


Bassil has decried the case against Jenkins as an abuse of prosecutorial power and told the Globe in December, “Perhaps they feel if they throw enough mud against the wall, something will stick.”

Lloyd’s body was found near Hernandez’s sprawling North Attleborough home on June 17.

Hernandez, 24, faces murder and weapons charges in the execution-style slaying of Lloyd. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail. His lawyers have said they expect him to be cleared.

On Monday, Garsh set a phone conference date for Feb. 27 in the Jenkins case, at which time Bassil and prosecutors will discuss the status of the matter and the filing of motions.

Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter, said after the hearing that prosecutors are ready to move forward.


“We’ve provided, as Mr. McCauley said, 99 percent of the discovery,” Miliote said. “We understand the defense’s need for more time to go through it, and we’re ready to proceed after that Feb. 27 phone call.”

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