Shayanna Jenkins is the fiancee of Aaron Hernandez, the New England Patriots tight end who was arrested on murder charges early Wednesday morning. Hernandez was charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd after being found dead a week ago with multiple gunshot wounds and with shell casings that matched the guns owned by Hernandez. The football star was not originally a suspect, but his refusal to cooperate with investigators turned them on to him. His fiancee, Jenkins, will play a crucial role in the investigation as investigators try to piece together all of the details of the case. Here's what you need to know about Shayanna Jenkins.
1. Shayanna Jenkins' Sister is Shaneah Jenkins, the Girlfriend of Odin Lloyd
Aaron Hernandez is connected to the victim Odin Lloyd through his finance Jenkins, whose younger sister Shaneah was supposedly dating victim Odin Lloyd. Shaneah has made no comments on the case but her Facebook does list her as being "single." Lloyd went out to a bar the with Hernandez and his friends the night of his disappearance and murder.
2. She and Hernandez Went to High School Together
The couple met back in high school and graduated together in 2007 from Bristol Central High School. The Central Connecticut school still lists Aaron Hernandez among their notable graduates.
3. She's 24 Years Old
Born in 1989, Jenkins remained with Hernandez after high school and through his college years at the University of Florida where he played tight end and majored in sociology.
4. Jenkins Has a Baby With Hernandez
On November 6, 2012, the couple became parents to a baby girl named Avielle Janelle. Around that time, Hernandez told reporters that he wanted to change his ways since becoming a father.
Now, another one is looking up to me," he said. "I can’t just be young and reckless Aaron no more. I’m gonna try to do the right things, become a good father."
Hernandez also reportedly has a tattoo on his left arm that reads, "If it is to be, it is up to me," that reflects the responsibility and behavioral changed he faced in the wake of being a father.
5. They Share a Residence Together
The two live together with their baby daughter in a mansion in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. The large home was the sight of the dramatic scene that unfolded earlier this week when Hernandez answered the door shirtless, only to find six police officers ready to arrest him. Jenkins did appear in the video footage and it is unclear as to whether or not she was in the house at the time.
6. They Are Set to Get Married
Hernandez and Jenkins have been engaged since the birth of their daughter in November 2012. Some have questioned whether or not the two will still be getting married despite the arrest and possible conviction. Their marriage could potentially complicate the trail.
7. If They Get Married Before the Trial, Jenkins Can Refuse to Testify
The question of whether or not Jenkins will be able to refuse to testify against her fiancee in court has been raised. Under Massachusetts law, if Hernandez and Jenkins get married before his trial, she will not have to testify under spousal privilege.
“A spouse shall not be compelled to testify in the trial of an indictment, complaint, or other criminal proceeding brought against the other spouse,” the law states.
8. She Allegedly Assisted Prosecutors to Bring Charges Against Hernandez
LA Late reports that the local DA claims Jenkins assisted prosecutors with details of the case after Hernandez was arrested early Wednesday. It is not yet known what she told them.
9. But She Stopped Talking to Police
However, after an intervention by Hernandez, Jenkins stopped talking to the police.
"Prosecutors argued that Jenkins was fully cooperating with police during initial interviews, but were interrupted when Hernandez told his girlfriend to stop talking to the cops," reports Playerwives.com.
10. Jenkins is Not a Suspect
Although authorities think she may have information vital to the case, she is not be implicated in the events of the murder.