FALL RIVER, Mass. – The fiancée of Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots tight end, has been indicted on a perjury charge in connection with the killing of his friend, a Massachusetts prosecutor said Friday, bringing to five the number of people facing charges in the case.
A grand jury indicted Shayanna Jenkins, 24, on one count in relation to the investigation into the June 17 killing of Odin Lloyd, Bristol County District Attorney Samuel Sutter said.
Authorities say Jenkins lied in her testimony before the grand jury.
Lloyd, a 27-year-old semipro player from Boston, was found shot to death in an industrial park in North Attleborough, Mass., near Hernandez’s home, where Jenkins also lives. Lloyd had been dating Jenkins’ sister.
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Hernandez, 23, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and weapons charges in Lloyd’s death and is being held without bail.
Investigators previously have suggested Jenkins might have knowledge of what happened to the weapon used to kill Lloyd, which still has not been recovered.
Cassel to start for Vikings
LONDON – Matt Cassel will get a chance to steer the Minnesota Vikings to their first victory of the season. He will replace injured starter Christian Ponder at quarterback against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a matchup of 0-3 teams Sunday at Wembley Stadium.
The Vikings ruled out Ponder on Friday with a fractured rib suffered in last weekend’s 31-27 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Cassel, who played for Kansas City last season, hasn’t played a down this season.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be playing in the city of Big Ben.
• Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at San Diego because of a hamstring injury.
Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o from Notre Dame, out since Aug. 8 because of an injured right foot, is expected to make his regular-season debut.
• Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who is recovering from a concussion, was approved for full contact in practice and took increased reps. Raiders coach Dennis Allen did not rule out the possibility Pryor could start in Sunday’s home game against Washington.
• The New York Giants (0-3) head to Kansas City (3-0) with the most inexperienced offensive line in Tom Coughlin’s tenure as coach.
Coughlin announced four-time Pro Bowl guard Chris Snee (hip) and center David Baas (neck) are listed as out for the game, along with cornerback Corey Webster.
James Brewer is expected to replace Snee and Jim Cordle is likely to fill Baas’ spot.
• Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $31,000 by the league for two unnecessary-roughness violations.
Burfict had hit defenseless Green Bay receiver James Jones in the head and neck area, which cost him $21,000, and struck Packers tight end Ryan Taylor, costing him $10,000.