Aaron Hernandez Girlfriend Shayanna Jenkins Prison Visits Not Confirmed By Sheriff, Patriots TE In Court Next Week For Hearing As Indictment and Trial Coming

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Jul 17, 2013 01:50 PM EDT
Aaron Hernandez Girlfriend Shayanna Jenkins in court
Aaron Hernandez Girlfriend Shayanna Jenkins sobs in court as Hernandez is denied bail for the second time. She has not been seen in public since and she could return to court next week for a probable cause hearing for Hernandez."

Aaron Hernandez is in jail awaiting trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd and while that may not happen until 2014 at least, the former Patriots tight end will be in jail next week for a probable cause hearing that will move things along in the Odin Lloyd murder case.

Since Hernandez was arrested and charged with first degree murder for the death of Lloyd, numerous developments have happened to him and in the case, including the release of a 156-page document by the court that revealed details of the investigation, as well as the fact that the tight end was not cooperative at first with police. Hernandez is in solitary confinement away from the other prisoners in lockup for his own safety and a report from the Boston Globe detailed what life is like for him behind bars.

Hernandez sleeps in a small cell with no TV and while he is allowed outside for one hour, he is kept alone and away from the general population. He is allowed visitors where he is locked up and while Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson said he has received some, he did not confirm or deny if fiancé Shayanna Jenkins was one of them. He said that Hernandez has been a model inmate and that when he gets visitors, there is no physical contact and they are allowed to speak through a screened window in the visitor's area.

Hernandez is in the Bristol County House of Corrections and there are no areas for him to use weights and he is allowed to work out, but only for certain times during the day. His status as an athlete and celebrity are why he is being kept alone and he has been speaking with Hodgson occasionally from time to time since he arrived there on June 26. Hernandez was arrested for the murder of Lloyd after his body was found less than a mile from his home and since then he has been fired from the Patriots and he now could face life in prison for the crimes.

An accomplice to the murder named Carlos Ortiz told authorities that another man, Ernest Wallace, who was allegedly with Hernandez when Lloyd was killed, said that the tight end admitted to doing the shooting to him. Ortiz likely will be challenged in court, but the admission, along with evidence such as shell casings, cell phone records, text messages, video surveillance and clothing could end up being enough to convict him. The 27-year-old Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancé and that is how they met. Jenkins said she though Lloyd might be dealing drugs and that he was always on his phone and also smoked marijuana.

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