FALL RIVER, Mass. – The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified in his murder trial Friday that he was intoxicated in the hours before the killing of her sister's boyfriend.
Shayanna Jenkins also told jurors that she found a handgun in a kitchen junk drawer before the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd.
Jenkins avoided looking at Hernandez as she testified. As she left the stand for a break, she mouthed something to him. Her face looked ashen.
Jenkins was granted immunity to testify, which meant she could face jail time if she did not take the stand.
Among those in the gallery was Jenkins' younger sister, Shaneah. She was sitting with Lloyd's family.
Jenkins described her relationship with Shaneah relationship as estranged.
Jenkins was granted immunity by the court in February, which means she could be compelled to testify or face time behind bars. There had been a question about whether prosecutors would call Jenkins, who has been in a relationship with Hernandez since high school and is the mother of his 2-year-old daughter.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the June 17, 2013, killing of Lloyd, 27. He was found shot to death at an industrial park less than a mile from the home that Shayanna and Hernandez share.
Before Jenkins took the stand, Garsh announced that a male juror had been dismissed from the case, but she didn't elaborate. He is the third juror to be dismissed from the trial. Fifteen jurors remain, and three of those will be alternates chosen randomly after closing arguments.
Jenkins has pleaded not guilty to perjury in connection with the case. Prosecutors say she lied to a grand jury investigating the killing.
The sisters introduced Lloyd and Hernandez in 2012 during a game at Gillette Stadium.
Shayanna Jenkins has been coming to court sporadically and sitting behind Hernandez, whispering "I love you," to him and occasionally joking with him. She has not appeared in court since March 6.
When Shaneah was called to testify earlier in the trial, Shayanna scribbled notes and then passed them to Hernandez's lawyers, occasionally sighing as her sister spoke.
Surveillance video played for the jury showed Shayanna removing from their home a garbage bag with what appeared to be a box inside. Prosecutors said before the trial that they believe the box contained the murder weapon, which has never been found.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.