FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP/WPRI) — Charges against Shayanna Jenkins were officially dropped during a hearing Friday morning.
The last time Jenkins was at Bristol County Superior Court, she sobbed uncontrollably as her husband-to-be, Aaron Hernandez, was found guilty of first-degree murder. On Friday, she was all smiles.
“I’m feeling great. I’m happy to start my future with my daughter and move forward,” she said outside court.
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On Thursday, Massachusetts prosecutors filed a motion to dismiss perjury charges against Jenkins, citing her testimony against Hernandez during his recent trial. The former Patriots tight end was sentenced to life in prison last month for the death of Odin Lloyd, who was dating Jenkins’ sister.
“Her testimony at the trial concerned transactions and matters that are the subject of this indictment,” Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg wrote in the filing. “As a result, the Commonwealth may not further prosecute the defendant on the above-captioned indictment and this indictment should be dismissed.”
Her attorney told Eyewitness News it was the right decision.
When asked about her future with Hernandez, Jenkins didn’t answer.
Jenkins, who grew up with Hernandez in Bristol, Connecticut, and was his high school sweetheart, previously pleaded not guilty to the perjury charge. She was accused by prosecutors of lying nearly 30 times to a grand jury investigating Lloyd’s death. She was compelled to testify at Hernandez’s trial under a grant of immunity by the court.
In her testimony in March, Jenkins said she removed a box from the basement of their home in North Attleborough at his request the day after the slaying but never looked inside before she dumped it in a random trash bin.
She also said the box smelled skunky and she thought it contained marijuana, undercutting prosecutors’ attempts to suggest the box contained crucial evidence — or even the weapon used to kill Odin Lloyd.
The testimony contradicted in part what she told the grand jury, saying then that no one told her to remove the box and that it wasn’t important to her to do it. She said then that she did not remember where she threw it away.
When asked if Jenkins could be called to testify in the trials of Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, a spokesperson from the Bristol County District Attorney’s office said he could not comment on prosecutor’s strategies.
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