Aaron Hernandez’s fiancée wouldn’t be able to testify against him if the two of them marry before he goes to trial. But the sheriff who oversees the jail holding Hernandez doesn’t want that to happen.
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson told USA Today that he would try to prevent Hernandez and fiancée Shayanna Jenkins from marrying.
“I don’t subscribe to that. I feel that those rights are things that you access on the outside, if you’re a good citizen,” he said. “We’ll do everything we can to not have that happen.”
At the moment, this is all speculative: We don’t know if Jenkins still wants to marry Hernandez, we don’t know if the state is planning to call her as a witness at his trial and we don’t know if Hodgson could legally prevent a wedding in jail if Hernandez and Jenkins both want it.
But Jenkins could be an important witness, as she likely knows when Hernandez came home on the night Odin Lloyd died, how he was acting and whether he in fact destroyed their home security camera footage. Jenkins also could testify about what Hernandez’s relationship with Lloyd was like, as Hernandez and Lloyd met because Lloyd was dating Jenkins’s sister. If a wedding is part of a legal strategy to keep Jenkins from saying anything damaging on the stand, then the sheriff doesn’t want the wedding in his jail.