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FALL RIVER, Mass. - The girlfriend of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a perjury charge in connection with the killing of his friend.
A Massachusetts prosecutor said Friday that a grand jury indicted Shayanna Jenkins on a single count in relation to the investigation into the June 17 killing of the friend, Odin Lloyd.
Lloyd was found shot to death in an industrial park in North Attleborough, Mass., near Hernandez's home, where Jenkins also lives. Her sister had been dating Lloyd.
Prosecutors say Jenkins -- Hernandez's fiancée and mother of his child -- started lying from the get-go, telling them she went to bed early on the night of the shooting and didn't know where Hernandez went or with whom.
But, investigators say, she is shown on the surveillance video, welcoming Wallace and Ortiz to the house when they came to pick up Hernandez and take Lloyd for his last ride.
While investigators were talking to her only hours after the body was found, she received a cell phone call from Hernandez, who instructed her to stop talking, police said.
Prosecutors also believe Jenkins ditched the murder weapon (a .45 caliber Glock that hasn't been found) and a .22 caliber weapon that was recovered near Hernandez's home and appeared to be "recently discarded."
Defendants Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace were seen on surveillance footage carrying a similar gun, which Ortiz called a "deuce deuce" to police.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Lloyd's death and is being held without bail.
A message was left for Jenkins' lawyer.
The prosecutor says Hernandez's cousin, Tanya Singleton, already incarcerated for refusing to testify in front of the grand jury, also was indicted on a new charge of conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact.
Investigators say Singleton, told about the shooting the next day by Ortiz, helped Wallace flee to Florida by purchasing him a bus ticket.