Hernandez’s Girlfriend Charged with Perjury for Allegedly Lying About Throwing Out Evidence

The former Patriot player's girlfriend, Shayanna Jenkins, pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday

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Shayanna Jenkins, girlfriend of former New England Patriots' Aaron Hernandez, in superior court

Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez’s girlfriend pleaded not guilty to a perjury charge on Tuesday, reports the Associated Press. She allegedly lied to a Massachusetts grand jury about disposing of evidence in Hernandez’s murder case.

Hernandez pled not guilty in June to the murder of Odin Lloyd, the boyfriend of Hernandez’s sister. He is being held without bail.

Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg claims that Hernandez’s girlfriend, Shayanna Jenkins, lied to a grand jury in August about throwing out a box Hernandez asked her to “get rid of” the day after Lloyd’s killing. She allegedly took a box of evidence from the basement of the home she shared with Hernandez, put it in a trash bag, covered it with baby clothes and drove away with it. Jenkins told the jury that she threw the box out in a dumpster but that she couldn’t remember where.

A friend of Hernandez, Carlos Ortiz, who is being charged as an accessory to the murder, told the police that Hernandez put firearms into the box. The murder weapon has yet to be found.

Hernandez and Jenkins have a child together. Jenkins’ attorney, Janice Bassil, described the couple’s relationship as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”