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September 28, 2013

Hernandez' fiancee indicted as part of murder case

ATTLEBORO — A cousin, an associate and the fiancee of Aaron Hernandez became the latest charged in the former New England Patriot’s murder case, which has drawn in several Connecticut residents whom authorities suspect were involved in or had knowledge of Odin Lloyd’s death.

The indictments the Bristol County, Mass., District Attorney’s office announced Friday double the number of individuals who face murder-related charges in connection with the shooting, though the former Patriot is the only person charged with murder. His cousin and the two men who were in the car with him and the victim on June 17 are accused of aiding Hernandez in concealing evidence related to Lloyd’s death.

Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez’s fiancee who for several months has been of interest to investigators, was indicted on a perjury charge. Authorities say she lied in her testimony before the grand jury. Lloyd was the boyfriend of Jenkins’ sister.

The cousin, Tanya Singleton, was charged with conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact. Authorities say she drove Ernest Wallace, a suspect in the case, to Georgia days after the shooting, having knowledge of the shooting. She also faces a criminal contempt charge after she refused to testify before the grand jury.

Carlos Ortiz, a suspect in the case and key witness for the government, now faces a murder-related charge. The grand jury returned a single-count indictment for accessory after the fact to murder. Ortiz was not indicted for the illegal firearms charge he previously faced.

Prior to his late-June arrest, Ortiz gave investigators a detailed account of the events leading up to and following Lloyd’s death. Prosecutors Thursday said he since has changed his story. He still denies being an eyewitness to the shooting.

Initially, Ortiz said that Wallace and Hernandez both exited the car with Lloyd minutes before his death. He since has revised his story to say that Hernandez was alone with the victim, and a defense lawyer Thursday signaled his strategy may be to question the credibility of Ortiz as a witness.

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