Ex-NFL star's fiancée looked nervous day after alleged slay: witness

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 24, 2015 12:12 PM

By Daniel Lovering

FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez's fiancée was visibly nervous the day after an associate of the ex-NFL star was slain, a woman who cleaned Hernandez's Massachusetts home testified on Tuesday.

Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, spent time on the telephone, peeking out the window and crying after hauling away a large trash bag in the trunk of a red car, Carla Barbosa, 31, a native of Brazil, testified at Massachusetts Superior Court in Fall River.

"She was nervous, she was walking back and forth," said Barbosa, who added that police were outside when she left the house on June 18, 2013, a day after Odin Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez's home.

Hernandez is accused of fatally shooting Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player who had been dating Jenkins's sister.

Earlier that day, Barbosa testified, she saw Jenkins carry a large trash bag out of the home.

"It was held close to her, she had her arms around it," she said in Portuguese, which was translated by an interpreter.

Jenkins has pleaded not guilty to perjury charges for lying to a grand jury about not knowing where she disposed of a box Hernandez had asked her to throw out. She was granted immunity recently but it remains unclear if she will testify.

Prosecutors showed video from Hernandez's home surveillance system of Jenkins carrying a large trash bag from the house.

Lloyd's body was found on June 17, 2013, in an industrial park less than a mile (1.6 km) from Hernandez's house.

Lloyd, 27, had been shot six times, and police found five empty .45-caliber shell casings nearby. They found another 45-caliber shell in a dumpster at a rental car agency, and witnesses testified it had been removed from a car Hernandez returned. Police have not found the gun used in the slaying.

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Prosecutors contend Hernandez and two friends, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, picked up Lloyd at his Boston home, before driving him to the North Attleborough industrial area where his body was found.

Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty, had a $41 million contract with the Patriots when he was cut from the team after being arrested.

He will face a second trial later this year on charges he killed two Cape Verdean men outside a Boston nightclub in 2012.

(Editing by Scott Malone and Bill Trott)