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Hernandez’s cousin arraigned on contempt of court charge

FALL RIVER — Jailed since Aug. 1 after refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating the Odin Lloyd homicide, Aaron Hernandez’s cousin Tanya Singleton will serve at least five more weeks behind bars.

Singleton, 37, of Bristol, Conn., the fourth person to be charged and jailed in connection with the investigation, was arraigned Friday in Bristol Superior Court on a criminal contempt charge after refusing to testify before the grand jury investigating the June slaying.

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Hernandez, 23, a former star tight end with the New England Patriots, faces a first-degree murder charge in Lloyd’s death. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is being held without bail at the Bristol County House of Correction in North Dartmouth.

Singleton allegedly bought a bus ticket for Hernandez’s friend Ernest Wallace, 41, of Miramar, Fla., so he could flee to Florida days after the slaying. She was offered immunity in return for her grand jury testimony about the case and has been held in the South Bay House of Correction since Aug. 1 after refusing to comply.

On Friday, Judge Frances McIntyre ordered that she continue to be jailed without bail pending an Oct. 3 pretrial and bail hearing.

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After the hearing, Singleton’s attorney, E. Peter Parker, declined to comment, saying only, “She’s doing good.”

It is unclear whether Singleton acted under the advice of an attorney in refusing to testify.

Parker declined to say whether he represented her at the time, and prosecutors declined to comment, saying the question pertains to a grand jury investigation that is closed to the public.

The Bristol County grand jury handed up indictments Thursday against Hernandez, Wallace, and Singleton.

Hernandez also faces a number of firearms charges, and Wallace, who is being held at Norfolk County House of Correction in Dedham, faces a charge of being an accessory after the fact to murder.

Hernandez allegedly killed Lloyd, 27, a semipro football player from Dorchester, in the early morning of June 17 in a North Attleborough industrial park not far from Hernandez’s home in that same town. He was arrested at his North Attleborough home June 26.

Authorities say Wallace and another man, Carlos Ortiz, were in the vehicle with Hernandez when he picked up Lloyd the night of the slaying and drove him to the industrial park where he was fatally shot

Ortiz, who was charged with gun possession, has not been indicted. He is being held at the Plymouth House of Correction in Plymouth.

All of the defendants have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Brian Ballou can be reached at bballou@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @globeballou.
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