Aaron Hernandez's fiancee testifies she removed box at his request
The fiancee of Aaron Hernandez testifies Monday that she removed a box from their basement at the ex-NFL player's request the day after Odin Lloyd was killed.
Shayanna Jenkins, the fiancee of ex-Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, testified Monday at his murder trial that she removed a box from their basement at his request the day after Odin Lloyd was killed, the Associated Press reports.
Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013. Lloyd was found shot to death in an industrial park less than a mile from the home shared by the ex-football player and Jenkins, who is the mother of Hernandez's 2-year-old daughter.
Jenkins was testifying Monday for a second day after being called to the stand by prosecutors. She was compelled to testify under grant of immunity. She said that Hernandez called the day after Lloyd was killed and told her it was important that the box be removed.
"He told me to go downstairs in our storage room and remove a box from our home," Jenkins said. "I believe he said it was important."
She said found the box in question, which was open at the top and contained smaller boxes and cardboard, obscuring the rest of the contents of the box. She said she put the box in a trash bag without investigating its contents and covered it with baby clothing before borrowing her sister's car and driving around the area for a place to dispose of the box. She could not remember where she ultimately left the box, she said.
"I don't know. I found a random dumpster," she said.
Prosecutors say that the box may have held evidence of the murder weapon, which was never found.
Jenkins' testimony Monday contradicts, in part, what she told a grand jury investigating the killing, saying then that no one told her to dispose of the box and that it wasn't important to do it. She then said that she did not remember where she threw it away. She was charged with perjury for that previous testimony and has pleaded not guilty.
Lloyd, 27, was dating Jenkins' younger sister at the time of his death.
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