FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) – The cousin of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez had another court hearing on Friday as she and her lawyer looked to trim down her time in front of a judge.
Tanya Singleton did not appear in court on Friday. Only her Attorney Peter Parker appeared before the judge.
Judge E. Susan Garsh denied the defense request to have one trail for the two separate charges that Singleton is facing. She’s charged with helping Ernest Wallace, who was allegedly with Hernandez when Odin Lloyd was killed last year, get to Florida where police later found him.
The second charge against Singleton is for contempt for allegedly refusing to testify before the Grand Jury that eventually indicted Hernandez on first degree murder charges in Lloyd’s killing.
The trial date has been set for August 12 on that contempt charge.
Parker posed concerns that the attention from the first trial could prevent her from getting a fair trial the second time.
Singleton is currently battling breast cancer; therefore Judge Garsh said she would entertain a defense motion to push the contempt trial back if necessary, due to Singleton’s health issues.