Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez Sues to Keep Suicide Evidence, Judge Grants Request

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2017

Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, testifies in Suffolk Superior Court during his trial for the July 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Boston. Hernandez is already serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. (Josh Reynolds /The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)
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Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez—the fiancee of late former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez—is suing the Massachusetts Department of Correction to ensure the preservation of evidence related to Hernandez's death.

According to TMZ Sports, Jenkins-Hernandez filed court documents to prevent any evidence from being destroyed.

The Associated Press reported Friday, per ESPN, that a judge has granted Jenkins-Hernandez's request.

On Thursday, it was announced Hernandez was ruled to have died by suicide in his prison cell early Wednesday morning, per ESPN.com.

Prior to the ruling, Hernandez's lawyer, Jose Baez, reportedly expressed belief that Hernandez may have been murdered instead, according to TMZ Sports.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in 2013.

Days before his death, Hernandez was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting deaths of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu.