Police Focus on Fiancée in Hernandez Case

Published on 15-Aug-2013 by Stacey Mickles
Football - NFL / NFL Daily Update

Shayanna Jenkins and Aaron Hernandez

Investigators in the Aaron Hernandez case are now putting their attention on some of Hernandez's close friends and relatives for information.

A few weeks ago, police were searching a lake in Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, Connecticut, for the murder weapon. They didn't find it.

Now, they believe that may be because Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, may have hidden the weapon.

Authorities are saying that Hernandez, Jenkins, Hernandez's cousin Tanya Singleton, and Ernest Wallace "have all made overt attempts to hide evidence, render assistance for suspect to elude law enforcement, and to hinder and mislead this investigation."

Other than the fact that tax dollars at work don't guarantee good grammar -- the parallel structure in that passage is appalling! -- this statement adds credence to the point that an airtight case against the former Patriots tight end is still beyond their grasp.

It all came about because of a comment that Jenkins' sister made to the authorities about the possible murder weapon.

Shaneah Jenkins -- Shayanna's sister -- said she saw her sister go into the basement with an empty trash bag. Shayanna then asked her sister if she could borrow her car and had a cell phone "communication" with Hernandez.

Another twist to this case is that Shaneah Jenkins was the girlfriend of the murder victim, Odin Lloyd

Investigators also found text messages between Shayanna Jenkins and Hernandez where he instructed her to look behind a TV in their house to find a box.

Later, officials say, a surveillance tape was found showing Jenkins with something hard in her hand that looked like a lockbox or safe, which they suspect may be where the murder weapon was placed.

Jenkins has yet to be charged with obstruction of justice, but Singleton was arrested recently on a contempt of court charge for failing to cooperate with a grand jury.

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