The fiancee of Aaron Hernandez returned to the stand in his murder trial Monday and once again insisted she did not remember when questioned by the prosecution about some of her actions on the day after the murder of Odin Lloyd in June 2013.
Monday morning’s testimony focused on Shayanna Jenkins removing a box from the North Attleboro home she shared with Hernandez after receiving a phone call from the then-Patriots tight end. Prosecution has speculated that the box may have contained the murder weapon.
“He told me to go downstairs in our storage room and remove a box from our home,” Jenkins testified. “I believe he said it was important, I’m not too sure.”
Jenkins was shown on video sitting in the living room next to her sister, Shaneah, who had been dating Lloyd. Jenkins then is seen receiving a phone call and walking down to the basement. She acknowledged in court that she was asked to remove a box, which she said was open and contained smaller boxes inside — although she did not see the contents — and she put the box in a large plastic garbage bag and put baby clothes on top of it “so nothing was exposed.”
While she was able to recall the approximate dimensions of the box and the weight of the bag, she said she couldn’t recall why she asked to borrow her sister’s car and has no recollection of where she disposed of the bag. She said she drove around for about 45-60 minutes due in part to being nervous, and she does not remember where she found the “random dumpster” in which she deposited the bag.
“I think it was a residential area. I’m not sure,” she said. “I’m not sure what was around.”
Jenkins said she felt caught in the middle, trying to comfort her sister but also feeling the strain from her fiance being questioned by law enforcement about his possible role in the killing.
“At that point I was nervous,” she said. “Like I said, there were a lot of things going on. I really had to play a neutral role as far as trying comfort my sister. Everyone’s emotions were kind of on me. There was a form of breaking down at that point. So yeah, I was nervous.”
Jenkins was shown on security camera taking out money from a bank ATM, but she could not recall why she took out the cash. During Friday’s testimony she admitted meeting with Hernandez’s two alleged accomplices and giving them $500 in cash after dropping off Hernandez at the North Atlleboro police station to be questioned. She also admitted finding a handgun in a “kitchen junk drawer” in their house.
Jenkins said Hernandez denied any involvement in the murder after returning from the police station.
“I believe I asked him at that point if he did, did it, and he said no,” Jenkins recalled.
Jenkins has been granted immunity, meaning she cannot incriminate herself on the stand but she also can’t plead the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions. She previously was charged with perjury for allegedly lying to a grand jury investigating the murder. She told the grand jury that she was not told to remove the box, which contradicts what she said in court.