The cousin of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez wants one trial for the two separate charges she faces in allegedly helping Hernandez friend Ernest Wallace to flee to Florida and in for allegedly refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating the slaying of Odin L. Lloyd.
In papers filed this week in Bristol Superior Court, defense attorney E. Peter Parker argued that holding a single trial for Tanya Singleton, instead of the two trials now required by law, would save both his client and taxpayers money.
Parker also wrote that he feared that by holding separate trials, the public attention given to the first would impair the chance that Singleton can be fairly tried the second time.
“The empanelment of two separate juries, two separate trials, and two separate sentencing proceedings in the event of convictions would be unnecessarily burdensome and resource-intensive, both for the court and for Ms. Singleton,’’ Parker wrote, adding that she relies on disability payments to care for herself and her children.
Parker also wrote that “most importantly, a joint trial would not be unduly prejudicial to Ms. Singleton.’’
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