Prosecutors oppose bid by Hernandez's fiancee to toss evidence
FALL RIVER, Mass. -- Massachusetts prosecutors are opposing a bid by the fiancee of ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez to suppress evidence in the perjury case against her, according to newly released court records.
Documents filed Monday in Bristol County Superior Court urge a judge to reject Shayanna Jenkins' request to have evidence from cellphones belonging to her and Hernandez and from their home surveillance system tossed out.
Hernandez, 25, has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 2013 death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating Jenkins' sister.
Jenkins has pleaded not guilty to perjury. Prosecutors accuse her of lying dozens of times during testimony before the grand jury that indicted the ex-player, including about disposing of a box from the basement of their North Attleborough home at his direction. Jenkins had been granted immunity before she testified.
In the new filing, prosecutors indicate Jenkins has challenged the legality of a police stop - and interview - of her after Lloyd's body was discovered. Prosecutors maintain the stop was lawful and say related evidence should be allowed.
Jenkins' motion isn't publicly available because it was filed under seal. Janice Bassil, her attorney, said in an email she filed it under seal because she included grand jury minutes. Grand jury proceedings are secret.
Judge E. Susan Garsh, who is hearing the case, also ruled this week that a draft version of a questionnaire that will be filled out by prospective jurors be unavailable to the public. She said that will aid the selection of an impartial jury in January.
In a separate case, Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the fatal 2012 shootings of two men after a chance encounter at a Boston nightclub.