Aaron Hernandez Case Update: 2 Friends And Fiancee Plead Not Guilty; Judge Denies Recusal

on October 25 2013 4:45 PM
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Aaron Hernandez is being charged with the murder of Odin Loyd on June 17. Reuters

A suspect in connection with the Aaron Hernandez case has been granted bail. Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh has set bail at $15,000 for the cousin of the former football player, Tanya Singleton.

The 37-year-old was charged with criminal contempt of court, and of being an accessory to murder after the fact. She has pleaded not guilty.

Singleton is accused of helping a one of Hernandez’ accomplishes get away, shortly after the death of Odin Lloyd. According to prosecutors, she bought a bus ticket for Ernest Wallace to go to Florida after her car broke down in Georgia. Wallace has been charged with being an accessory to murder, with bail set at $500,000.

The contempt of court charge stems from Singleton’s refusal to speak to the grand jury that is investigating Hernandez on murder charges. She was offered immunity, but still didn't want to testify.

Besides Singleton and Wallace, two other Hernandez associates have pleaded not guilty in connection with the case. Carlos Ortiz faces the same charge as Wallace, after he allegedly was with the two men on the night of Llyod’s death. Hernandez’s fiancée, Shyanna Jenkins, faces perjury charges for allegedly lying about what she did with possible evidence.

Hernandez awaits trial on murder charges, and his legal team asked that Judge Garsh recuse herself from the case. However, she rejected the prosecutors’ request. On Oct.9, Assistant District Attorney William McCauley said he would file a motion for Garsh’s recusal, stating, “the risk of prejudice here is simply so great that failing to take action now, while a remedy is still possible, would amount to a signal failure to discharge our public duty.”

The ex-New England Patriots tight end is also being investigated in connection with a Boston murder from July of last year. Two men were killed in that incident.

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