Aaron Hernandez, Shayanna Jenkins Update: Fiancee Banned From Marrying Hernandez While Locked Up Now Key Part Of Odin Lloyd Murder Investigation

Raimundo Ortiz
By Raimundo Ortiz @AroundtheMundo
on Aug 13, 2013 09:57 AM EDT
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Aaron Hernandez
Former New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez. (Photo : Reuters)

Early on in Aaron Hernandez's incarceration on first degree murder charges, a Massachusetts judge said he would do everything in his power to keep Hernandez from marrying his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, while he was behind bars.

Marrying Hernandez would keep her from being compelled to testify against him; that strategy seemed smart in hindsight now that Jenkins has become a central target of the investigation.

Prosecutors and police are still searching for the .45 caliber gun used to shoot Lloyd to death, and now authorities are eyeing Jenkins as a suspect in aiding Hernandez of disposing of the weapon.

In police search warrant affidavits, authorities allege Jenkins, Ernest Wallace (an accomplice of Hernandez's the night of the murder), and Hernandez's cousin Tanya Singleton "have all made overt attempts to hide evidence, render assistance for suspect to elude law enforcement, and to hinder and mislead this investigation."

Court papers describe the involvement Jenkins is supposed to have had in helping Hernandez escape trouble. Jenkins' sister Shaneah said she saw Shayanna go into the basement with an empty trash bag, then asked Shaneah to borrow her car. She also communicated with Hernandez via cell phone. The Jenkins sisters' uncle said "Mr. Hernandez wanted weapons taken out of the house" and said that weapons "were discarded into 'the woods.'"

The documents also contain a suspicious text sent by Hernandez to Jenkins that read: "Go back in back of the screen in movie room when u (sic) get home an (sic) there is a box...jus (sic) in case u (sic) were looking for it!!! Member (sic) how you ruined the big tv Imao WAS JUST THINKIN bout that lol wink wink love u TTYL....K."

Then, an hour later, Jenkins was caught on tape with a garbage bag containing a "rigid" object that could be a box that she took with her on a drive. She returned without the object, and a search of the home turned up no boxes.

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