Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted officially on murder charges at his probable cause hearing on Thursday and now a relative of his has an indictment of her own, as Tanya Singleton was indicted on contempt charges on Thursday and will be in court on Friday after refusing to testify to the grand jury in the case.
According to Michael McCann from Sports Illustrated, despite being given immunity, Singleton refused to testify to the grand just in the case and she was indicted on contempt charges and now will face the court on Friday. Singleton clearly is trying to protect Hernandez and she could have some interesting knowledge, as she is connected to Ernest Wallace, another accomplice in the case that is being held behind bars. Hernandez was in court on Thursday and was indicted on murder charges for the killing of Odin Lloyd.
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The 37-year-old cousin, Tanya Cummings-Singleton, has been in custody since August 1 after refusing to testify to the grand jury in the murder investigation and now she could be facing more penalties depending on what she decides to do next. According to ESPN.com, Singleton purchased a bus ticket for Ernest Wallace after the murder and she also lives at the home that is owned by Hernandez's uncle and according to reports, accomplice Carlo Ortiz said that he spoke about murder with Singleton.
Ortiz and Wallace both are behind bars for the murder and it appears that Ortiz has been more helpful than Wallace. Ortiz said that he spoke about the murder with Singleton and he also admitted later that Wallace told him that Hernandez said that he committed the murder. The home of Singleton and Hernandez's uncle has been searched multiple times since the murder occurred and now she will be in court on Friday for her charges. Singleton has protected Hernandez by not speaking to the jury and in another strange twist, as police wanted to speak to her husband Thaddeus Singleton, he was killed in a car crash.
Hernandez was in court for a short time on Thursday for the probable cause hearing and now the case will move to superior court. Lloyd's family was present in the courtroom and Hernandez mouthed words to his own family there as well. Hernandez was wearing a suit jacket and no tie and he also was joking around with the bailiff at one point. Hernandez now faces another arraignment at a later date and the DA said that the investigation was ongoing, as the murder weapon has yet to be found.