Ex-NFL player's fiancee to continue testimony at murder trial

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Posted: Mar 30, 2015 9:14 AM

By Daniel Lovering

FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - The fiancee of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez is expected to continue testifying in his Massachusetts murder trial on Monday after she said last week he told her he did not murder the man he is accused of fatally shooting in June 2013.

Shayanna Jenkins, 25, testified on Friday she found a black handgun in a drawer at the house where she lived with Hernandez and their 2-year-old daughter in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, and that it was later removed after she gave him a "stern look."

Hernandez, also 25, is on trial on charges of killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating Jenkins' sister. He has pleaded not guilty, and he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.

Hernandez and two friends, Ernest Lloyd and Carlos Ortiz, allegedly picked up Lloyd at his Boston home in the early hours of June 17, 2013, and drove him to an industrial area less than a mile from Hernandez's North Attleborough house, where his bullet-riddled body was found later that day.

The gun used in the killing, described by investigators as a .45-caliber Glock handgun, has not been found.

Prosecutors earlier accused Jenkins of lying to a grand jury 29 times as it probed Lloyd's murder, including falsely saying she did not know where she had disposed of a box Hernandez asked her to get rid of after the killing. She pleaded not guilty to the charges, but acknowledged on Friday she had taken steps to conceal the box. She was granted immunity in February.

On Friday, she told the judge and lawyers during a session without the jury present that she had spoken with Hernandez after she found out about Lloyd's murder, and had asked him if he had done it. "He said 'no,'" she said.

Wallace and Ortiz, Hernandez's suspected accomplices, have also been charged with murder and will be tried separately. They have also pleaded not guilty.

(Editing by Richard Valdmanis Editing by W Simon)