Aaron Hernandez’ fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, testified in his trial Monday, and Scott Ferrall thought it was unbelievable – in that he didn’t believe a word Jenkins said.
“That’s right, it was unbelievable,” trial attorney and TV personality Heather Hansen said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “She was the squirmiest witness I think I’ve almost ever seen.
Jenkins offered several odd – if not altogether implausible – stories as to why she, on Hernandez’s command, disposed of a box from their home the day after Odin Lloyd’s body was found. The prosecution believes the box container the murder weapon, believed to be a .45 caliber Glock, which police never found.
Jenkins claimed that the box, which she estimated weighed 35 to 40 pounds, smelled “skunky” and like “marijuana,” and that she covered it and drove through several different towns trying to find a dumpster to get rid of it.
This is a woman who remembers everything about her relationship with Hernandez. How they met, his rise to fame, all the football gams, the limos, the parties – she remembers everything that the defense asked about it. But anything the prosecution asked – her mind went blank.
“That’s where I think the defense may have made a little bit of a problem because they really did point out what you just said,” Hansen said. “That she has this great recollection of having met him when they were young and everything they ever did. And then when it comes to this night – and I’ll tell you something, Scott: I grew up in Foxboro. I spent my whole life living there. There are not dumpsters on every corner. It is a suburb. The dumpsters are few and far between. And so this idea that she’s driving all around this suburban area of Massachusetts and can’t remember where she dumped this box just completely is unbelievable.”
And it might come back to bite her.
“She has immunity for anything that she testifies about what she does,” Hansen said. “So a lot of this getting rid of stuff after a crime – no matter what it is – you can be liable for conspiracy after the fact, accessory after the fact. So she’s got immunity for anything like that, but she doesn’t have immunity for perjury. And there was a lot that she testified (Monday) and Friday that made me shake my hand as to whether she was just lying. I don’t know if we’ll see anything go against her for that, but in Massachusetts, you can face life in prison if you lie during a capital trial, and that’s what this is.
“The other thing that’s just crazy to me – and you’ve got to wonder, this is a jury of mostly women,” Hansen continued. “I know when I try cases, women are harder on women. They are not going to be sympathetic to this idea that they broke up because he cheated on her, then she got back together with him and she pretty much testified that she just knew she had to put up with his shenanigans. Women don’t have as much patience for that as you might think. They don’t like women who do that kind of thing. So I think they’re already going to be turned against her.
“And one of the things that just shocks me is she knows that her sister’s boyfriend has been shot, and she doesn’t care. And she asks her boyfriend, ‘Did you do it?’ And he says no. First of all, I would never ask my boyfriend if he shot somebody. It wouldn’t occur to me that he had. The fact that that question comes out of her mouth in the first place leaves one to sort of question what type of guy he is.
“This is a case where there’s so much circumstantial evidence that if he gets off, I will be shocked.”