Bail restrictions eased for Hernandez cousin

A judge has eased bail restrictions for a cousin of Aaron

Hernandez who faces two charges in connection with the murder case

against the former New England Patriots tight end.

Fall River Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh ruled Thursday that

Tanya Singleton may stay in Franklin, in a neighboring county,

rather than being limited to Bristol County, if she posts $15,000

cash bail, The Providence Journal reports

(http://bit.ly/ILnQer).

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in June death of Odin

Lloyd of Boston, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s

girlfriend.

Singleton has pleaded not guilty to criminal contempt and

conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact. Prosecutors charged

her with contempt for refusing to testify before a grand jury

despite immunity. The conspiracy charge alleges she aided two

Hernandez associates who have pleaded not guilty to accessory to

murder after the fact.

Singleton’s attorney, E. Peter Parker, said Thursday she would

have a hard time posting bail, and doesn’t have the money to live

away from her Bristol, Conn., home. He asked that she be allowed to

drive back to Massachusetts twice a week to meet with probation

officers.

”This is a family of extremely limited means,” he said.

Singleton lives with her father and her two young children.

Prosecutor William McCauley urged the judge not to ease the

restrictions, set when Singleton’s bail was granted in October.

Singleton’s next pretrial conference is Jan. 29.

Information from: The Providence Journal,

http://www.providencejournal.com