The fiancée of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a perjury charge in connection with the slaying of an associate.
A Massachusetts grand jury indicted 24-year-old Shayanna Jenkins, according to a written statement from Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter.
Sutter also announced that Tanya Singleton, Hernandez’s cousin, was indicted on a charge of conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact. Singleton previously pleaded not guilty to a contempt charge related to the case.
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In search warrant affidavits obtained by HLN in August, authorities claim Jenkins and Singleton “have all made overt attempts to hide evidence, render assistance for suspect to elude law enforcement, and to hinder and mislead this investigation.”
Carlos Ortiz, another associate of Hernandez, was indicted on a single count of accessory to murder after the fact, Sutter said Friday. Prosecutors believe Ortiz was with Hernandez on the night of Lloyd's death. Sources tell HLN that Ortiz is cooperating with authorities and could be a key witness if the case goes to trial.
Hernandez has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the June 17 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player who was dating Jenkins’ sister.
Lloyd was found shot to death at an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez’ home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. Hernandez was released by the Patriots hours after his arrest on June 26.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and weapons charges stemming from Lloyd’s death. If convicted, Hernandez could face life in prison without possibility of parole.
Arraignments for Jenkins and Singleton have not been set yet. A bond hearing for Hernandez has been set for October 9.
CNN Wires contributed to this report.