Saturday, December 27, 2014

Prosecutors: Hernandez fiancee lied to grand jury

PROSECUTORS HAVE spelled out what they say is evidence that the fiancee of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez lied to the grand jury that indicted him on a murder charge, including comments she made about a box she discarded at Hernandez's direction.

In a filing Tuesday in Fall River Superior Court in Massachusetts, the prosecution listed more than a dozen instances in which it says it has evidence contradicting Shayanna Jenkins' testimony to the grand jury investigating the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd.

Jenkins has pleaded not guilty to perjury. Defense attorney Janice Bassil has moved to dismiss the charge. A message left yesterday for Bassil seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.

A judge had ordered the additional information turned over following defense complaints.

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Hernandez, 24, has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating Jenkins' sister.

Prosecutors have said that most of Jenkins' testimony wasn't credible, including getting rid of a box from the basement of her and Hernandez's North Attleborough, Mass., home. Jenkins told grand jurors she couldn't remember where she threw out the box, which she put in a trash bag, covered with baby clothes, they have said.

Prosecutors haven't disclosed what they think the box contained. Jenkins was granted immunity before she testified.

In Tuesday's filing, prosecutors claim they have direct evidence that contradicts Jenkins' testimony "concerning how, why and the manner in which she removed the items from the home." It says the same of her claim that she didn't attempt to hide the box when taking it from the house and that she hadn't spoken to Ernest Wallace after Lloyd's killing.

Wallace, described by prosecutors as Hernandez's right-hand man, has also been charged with murder. He has pleaded not guilty.

Jenkins is free on personal recognizance.

 

Noteworthy

* Former All-Pro safety Darren Sharper appeared in a Los Angeles court, but back-to-back hearings on sexual-assault allegations he faces were postponed to Aug. 8. Sharper spoke only to answer a procedural question from the judge.

Yesterday's proceedings had been scheduled to set a date for a preliminary hearing of allegations that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood nightclub.

The second hearing would have involved Sharper's extradition to Arizona, where he's alleged to have drugged three women and sexually assaulted them in Tempe in November.

He's also been investigated in Louisiana, Nevada and Florida, where authorities in May found insufficient evidence. He has pleaded not guilty in California, and he and his lawyers have denied the allegations in the other states.

* Quarterback Kyle Orton was released by the Dallas Cowboys, as expected. Brandon Weeden takes over as Tony Romo's backup. Weeden, Cleveland's first-round draft pick in 2012, signed with the Cowboys in March and worked with the first team during the offseason while Romo continued his recovery from back surgery.

* Jacksonville Jaguars rookie receiver Marqise Lee agreed to terms on a 4-year contract worth more than $5 million. Lee, a second-round draft pick from Southern California, is expected to sign the deal later this week.

* A South Carolina speeding ticket against Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Sam Montgomery was thrown out after the trooper who wrote the ticket didn't show up in court. Defense attorney Jim Todd said he entered a not-guilty plea on Montgomery's behalf in traffic court in Laurens. The judge accepted the plea and dismissed the ticket.

Montgomery was arrested and spent a night in jail after Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter clocked him going 89 mph in a 55 mph zone. But the trooper's dashboard camera also captured the officer threatening to use a Taser because the 6-3, 262-pound lineman was struggling to understand his commands.

Salter was suspended by the state Department of Public Safety and his conduct is being investigated.

 

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