The development marks a major turning point in his first-degree murder trial.
Shayanna Jenkins, Aaron Hernandez’s fiancÃ©e, has been granted immunity to testify against him.
Prosecutors will rely heavily on Jenkins’ testimony to make their case against the former New England Patriots star. Prosecutors so far have been trying to convince the jury that he is connected to the murder without presenting evidence of a solid motive or the Glock .45 used to murder Odin Lloyd.
Jenkins, who was previously indicted on a perjury charge, has long been alleged to have disposed of the murder weapon, and court documents show a text message from Hernandez to Jenkins that prosecutors say was a coded message to dispose of a gun:
Go in back of the screen in movie room when u get home an there is the box avielle likes to play with in the tub jus in case u were looking for it!!!! Member how u ruined that big tv lmao WAS JUST THINKIN bout that lol wink wink love u TTYL ….. K
Last week, Jenkins’ sister Shaneah, who was dating Odin Lloyd at the time of his murder, testified that she watched her sister carry a bulky black bag out of Hernandez’s mansion the day she learned of Lloyd’s murder.
The immunity deal was proposed weeks before the trial began, but it is unknown why Jenkins decided to take the deal now, three weeks into her fiancÃ©’s trial. Had she declined immunity, she would have taken the stand, but likely would have plead the fifth, with an understanding that prosecutors might not have a case against Hernandez, and eventually her, without her testimony.
On Friday, the jury was taken on a field trip to Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, where surveillance video showed him coming and going — returning with a gun in hand — the night of Odin Lloyd’s murder.
Jenkins still resides in the home with their daughter, who was born on Hernandez’s birthday in 2012.