Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee testified on Thursday during his double-murder trial.
According to CBS News, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez said she had learned to keep her mouth shut and “not to ask any questions” in certain situations.
Her testimony was given under a grant of immunity from prosecutors. She and Hernandez have a 4-year-old daughter together, according to the report.
Hernandez used to be a tight end for the New England Patriots. He is now on trial for allegedly shooting and killing two men in July 2012 after an encounter at a Boston nightclub. Additionally, he is charged with witness intimidation of Alexander Bradley, the sole eyewitness to the shooting. He had identified Hernandez as the person who fatally shot Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, according to the Boston Globe. Hernandez tried to silence Bradley about the killings, allegedly shooting him in the face after he made a remark about the incident.
Hernandez is already serving a life sentence after being found convicted of the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, the boyfriend of his fiancée's sister.
Jenkins-Hernandez said she didn’t ask Hernandez for details about Bradley’s shooting, even though Hernandez and Bradley were friends.
“He was not my friend. ...Yes, it’s a sad situation (but) why should I press about something like that?” she said, according to CBS News.
“I played my role,” Jenkins-Hernandez testified. “I cleaned and did everything else. There was no reason for me to ask any questions.”
She claimed she did not remember getting a call from Hernandez just minutes after her fiancee allegedly shot de Abreu and Furtado as they sat in a car at a stoplight. But, according to the report, prosecutors said phone records show a 17-second call from Hernandez to her around that time.
Hernandez has denied the murders. Instead, his lawyer told the jury during opening statements that Bradley shot the two over a drug deal. Bradley testified that he witnessed Hernandez shoot the men.
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