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Investigators in the Aaron Hernandez murder case are now shifting their focus on his fiance, Shayanna Jenkins, whom they believe know the whereabouts of the murder weapon used to kill Odin Lloyd. They believe she aided the former Patriot’s tight end in gettting rid of the elusive gun that investigators are still searching for.
Hernandez has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Lloyd. Two of his associates, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, have also been charged in the case.
According to new court documents released Friday and obtained by the Hartford Courant, investigators searched a storage unit rented under Jenkins with the belief that she made “overt attempts to hide evidence, render assistance for [a] suspect to elude law enforcement, and to hinder and mislead this investigation.” The documents reference surveillance video, an interview with Jenkin’s sister, Shaneah Jenkins, and text messages to imply Jenkins may have information on what happened to the gun used to kill Lloyd.
The documents reveal Hernandez called Jenkins the day after Lloyd’s body was discovered because he alleged wanted to discard of weapons in his North Attleboro home, which the two shared. Also on that day, footage from Hernandez’s home surveillance shows Jenkins leaving the basement around 1:15 p.m. with a thrash bag with what authorities are calling a heavy “rigid object,” such as a safe. According to surveillance footage, Jenkins proceeded to carry the thrash bag to a red Nissan Sentra and placed it in the trunk only to return half an hour later with an empty trunk. Text messages show Hernandez mentioning to Jenkins a box in the basement an hour before she is shown on tape carrying the trash bag out of the house.
The footage shows Jenkins driving towards an area where police found a .22 -caliber handgun the next day. Police believed the gun was “recently discarded.” This is the same gun authorities believe Ortiz and Wallace was seen holding the night of the crime.
Ortiz who has been charged with gun possession in the case, told authorities Hernandez stored away two guns in a box in his basement after the murder. Police have yet to find any boxes that contain the .45-caliber glock they believe was used to kill Lloyd.
The documents also disclose of a conversation between Shayanna’s sister and her uncle Azia Jenkins, in which the uncle informed her Hernandez had indeed called Shayanna the day after the murder because he wanted the guns disposed off. He also said the weapon was later tossed in the woods.
No charges have been filed against Jenkins in connection to the murder of Lloyd at this time but it seems an obstruction of justice may be in her future.