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Aaron Hernandez’s Indicted Fiancee Takes Immunity Deal

FALL RIVER, Mass. (CN) - With Aaron Hernandez's murder trial postponed for severe weather Tuesday, the court quietly granted the football star's fiancee immunity.

Shayanna Jenkins had previously pleaded not guilty to perjury charges for allegedly lying to the grand jury and disposing of evidence connected to the case against Hernandez.

Her 25-year-old fiance has been held without bail since his arrest in June 2013 for the murder that month of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, met Lloyd through Jenkins and her sister, who was dating Lloyd at the time of his death.

Testimony from that sister, Shaneah Jenkins, last week had explored Shayanna's possible crimes. Shaneah had said Shayanna acted "secretive" the day Lloyd's body was discover riddled with six bullets and left in an industrial park less than a mile away from Hernandez's home.

The docket for Hernandez's case reveals that Judge E. Susan Garsh granted Shayanna's application for immunity on Tuesday. The matter was filed under seal.

Shayanna Jenkins lives in the couple's North Attleboro home with their 2-year-old daughter. Jurors took a field trip to that mansion and several other sites at play in the Hernandez case on Friday.

Hernandez's trial, which was delayed two days because of snowy conditions, resumes Wednesday.

It is expected to last six to 10 weeks, after which time Hernandez faces a separate, unrelated trial on two counts of first-degree murder for the July 2012 killings of two men in Boston's South End.

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