Shayanna Jenkins is being charged with perjury for lying to the grand jury, but her lawyers have an explanation of why that happened.
A lawyer for the fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez asked a judge Friday to throw out perjury charges, saying Shayanna Jenkins did not willfully lie as she was bombarded with 1,630 questions over two days before a grand jury.
Janice Bassil, Jenkins’ attorney, said that there is no direct evidence to show her client lied and that errors in her testimony were a “good faith mistake.”
“It’s got to be more than circumstantial evidence. It’s got to be more than guesswork and speculation,” Bassil said. “There’s no evidence that she said to somebody, ‘I’m not going to remember,’ or ‘I’m going to go the grand jury and say I don’t remember.”
The judge did not rule on the dismissal, Shayanna is due back in court in December.