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.’’
A spokeswoman for Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter said Thursday that prosecutors will file a response objecting to the request.
The reason for the opposition will be spelled out in the court filing, she said.
Singleton is facing a charge of contempt of court in allegedly refusing to testify before the grand jury that eventually indicted Hernandez on charges of first-degree murder in the 2013 killing of Lloyd in a North Attleborough industrial park.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the charge and is being held without bail.
Singleton is also charged with helping Wallace, who was allegedly with Hernandez when Lloyd was killed, to get to Florida, where he was later found by law enforcement. Wallace has pleaded not guilty to charges of accessory after the fact.
Singleton has pleaded not guilty to both charges and is currently free on bail.
Also this week, both prosecutors and Janice Bassil, the attorney for Hernandez’s girlfriend, Shayanna Jenkins, filed paperwork summarizing their exchange of information.
According to court records, among the issues the two sides agree upon is providing Jenkins with records of all telephone calls made by Hernandez that were recorded by the Bristol County Jail.
Jenkins has pleaded not guilty to allegations she perjured herself multiple times when she appeared before the grand jury that charged Hernandez with murder.
She is free on personal recognizance.
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