(FALL RIVER, Mass.) — On the afternoon after Odin Lloyd was killed, Aaron Hernandez told his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, to “remove a box” from the basement of the home they shared near the murder scene, Jenkins told the jury Monday in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Jenkins, on the stand for a second day in Hernandez’s trial for Lloyd’s murder, said Hernandez instructed her to “go downstairs in our storage and remove a box from our home.”
Surveillance video played for the jury Monday showed Jenkins going into the basement. Video previously played for the jury showed Jenkins removing a garbage bag from their home with what appeared to be a box inside. Prosecutors believe the box may have contained the murder weapon, which has never been found.
Hernandez, a former New England Patriots player, is accused of orchestrating Lloyd’s slaying on June 17, 2013. Prosecutors say Hernandez and two other men picked up Lloyd from his house and brought him to an industrial park near the Patriots’ Gillette Stadium. Hernandez, 25, has pleaded not guilty.
Jenkins, 25, was granted immunity in February.
“Did he indicate what was in the box?” prosecutor Patrick Bomberg asked Jenkins on Monday.
“No,” she answered. She added, “His tone, I believe, was normal,” but she recalled him saying moving the box was “important.”
Jenkins said she put the box “in a trash bag” with her baby daughter’s clothing “so nothing was exposed.”
“I wasn’t necessarily hiding it,” she said. “It was just natural instinct.”
Jenkins said Hernandez did not talk about the contents of the box and she did not ask.
Jenkins estimated that the bag with the box in it weighed about 35 or 40 pounds.
Jenkins and Hernandez were high school sweethearts and have a 2-year-old daughter together.
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