FALL RIVER, MA -- A perjury charge has been dropped against the fiancee of former New England Patriots star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez.
Shayanna Jenkins had pleaded not guilty to perjury. Prosecutors had said she lied to the grand jury that investigated the death of Odin Lloyd, who was dating her younger sister. Hernandez was convicted of killing Lloyd last month.
Jenkins appeared in court Friday. Prosecutors in Massachusetts asked a judge to dismiss the charge, citing Jenkins' testimony in Hernandez's trial in March. Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh agreed to dismiss the charge.
When asked if she was relieved, Jenkins said outside the courtroom: "You have no idea."
Jenkins also said, "I'm happy to start my future with my daughter and move forward."
In March when Jenkins testified, she said the day after Lloyd was murdered she was in her North Attleborough home she shared with Hernandez and that he asked her to remove a box from the basement, but that she never looked inside before she threw it away in a trash can.
Prosecutors believed the box contained the murder weapon.
The testimony contradicted part of what she told the grand jury. She told them that no one told her to remove the box and that she did not remember where she threw it away.
She was granted immunity by the court in February, which compelled her to testify at Hernandez's trial.
Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole last month in Lloyd's killing. Hernandez's lawyers appealed the conviction this week.