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August 11, 2013

Investigators' focus on Hernandez's fiancee

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The footage referred to in the documents shows Shayanna driving the Nissan toward Landry Avenue, where police the next day found a .22-caliber handgun. The gun, authorities said, looked like it may have been “recently discarded.”

Prosecutors have indicated they believe it to be the same gun that Ernest Wallace, also charged in the case, and Ortiz were both seen carrying the night of the crime — a weapon Ortiz described as a “deuce deuce.” Hernandez, meanwhile, was captured on surveillance footage carrying a larger handgun, which prosecutors say is the .45-caliber Glock pistol used to kill Lloyd.

The records indicate Shaneah Jenkins relayed to investigators a conversation she had with her uncle Azia Jenkins, during which he told her that Hernandez had called his fiancee on June 18 because he wanted weapons taken out of the house. Azia Jenkins said that his niece passed the phone to him and Smith, and that later, the weapons were disposed of “in the woods.”

Investigators also cited cryptic texts between Hernandez and his fiancee mentioning a box in the basement. The conversation occurred about an hour before Shayanna carried the trash bag out on June 18, the records show.

Police, during a later search of the house, did not find any boxes in the “movie room” of the basement, the location cited in the text messages. They have seized multiple lock boxes throughout the investigation, none of which has contained the murder weapon.

Investigators did not seize anything during their July 26 search of the storage unit in Bristol. The unit was rented in Shayanna’s name, under a credit card belonging to Aaron Hernandez.

Attempts Friday to reach Jenkins were unsuccessful.

Also mentioned in the documents is Hernandez’s cousin Tanya Cummings-Singleton, who last week was found in contempt of court after she refused to answer the questions of a grand jury convened in the case. Investigators listed her as also involved in the “overt attempts to hide evidence, render assistance for (a) suspect to elude law enforcement, and to hinder and mislead this investigation.”

“It would be premature at this time for us to comment or speculate on whether more charges will be filed in this case,” the Bristol, Mass., County District Attorney’s office said Friday. “We are letting the evidence guide us before making our decision.”

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