BRISTOL, Conn. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Court documents suggest investigators probing the murder of Odin Lloyd are giving a renewed look at Aaron Hernandez's fiance, Shayanna Jenkins.
The Hartford Courant reports investigators searched a storage unit in Bristol, Conn. rented to Jenkins because they believe she made "overt attempts to hide evidence" as well as to "hinder and mislead" the murder investigation. The newspaper reports surveillance video, text messages between Jenkins and her sister, as well as an interview with her sister, are all referenced in the documents as officials suggest Jenkins may have information regarding what happened to the handgun used in the shooting.
According to the court documents released Friday, Jenkins was reportedly caught on surveillance video carrying a plastic trash bag believed to contain a "rigid object" from Hernandez's North Attleborough home and placing it into a car on June 18. She returns to the home nearly a half hour later without the trash bag.
Jenkins' sister, Shaneah Jenkins, reportedly told investigators she saw her sister go into the basement that day and return several minutes later without the bag. Shaneah Jenkins added that her sister asked to borrow her car-for the first time ever-to go to the bank and was texting with Hernandez, the documents read.
During that same time, one of Jenkins' uncles, Azia Jenkins, says Shayanna handed a cell phone to him and another uncle and Hernandez asked that all weapons be taken out of the house, the documents claim. The weapons were then reportedly discarded into "the woods."
The documents also claim Shayanna Jenkins and Hernandez exchanged text messages during that same time which may have been written in code.
According to cell phone records, Hernandez reportedly texted Shayanna Jenkins at about 12:14 p.m. June 18 saying, "Go in back of the screen in movie room when u get home an there is the box avielle like to play with in the tub jus in case u were lookin for it!!!! Member how u ruined that big tv lmao WAS JUST THINKIN bout that lol wink wink love u TTYL….K"
Shayanna Jenkins allegedly replied, "Ok-that was awful…Perfect tv,…Love u."
Officials have been unable to recover the weapon used to kill Lloyd. Documents show Carlos Ortiz, who is charged in connection to the shooting, told investigators Hernandez placed two guns inside a box in his basement on the night of Lloyd's murder. Hernandez was caught on his own surveillance system carrying what appears to be a handgun in the basement.
Hernandez's cousin, Tanya Cummings-Singleton, has also become part of the probe. Investigators allege Cummings-Singleton purchased a bus ticket to Florida for Ernest Wallace, who is accused of being an accessory after the fact of murder in Lloyd's death. Cummings-Singleton is reportedly being held in a Mass. correctional facility for failing to appear before a grand jury looking into the murder investigation.
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