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Fiancee of ex-Patriots star granted immunity in murder trial

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Fiancee of ex-Patriots star granted immunity in murder trial
FALL RIVER, MA - APRIL 7: Closing arguments in the Aaron Hernandez trial for the murder of Odin Llyod at Fall River Superior Court. Hernandez looks at the jurors as the alternates are being chosen. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FALL RIVER, MA - APRIL 7: Closing arguments in the Aaron Hernandez trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd at Fall River Superior Court. defense attorney James Sultan holds up a photo of Ernest Wallace in his closing argument, suggesting that Hernandez was present when Lloyd was killed by Wallace. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FALL RIVER, MA - APRIL 7: Closing arguments in the Aaron Hernandez trial for the murder of Odin Llyod at Fall River Superior Court. Defense attorney James Sultan holds a photo of the murder scene during closing arguments. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FALL RIVER, MA - APRIL 7: Closing arguments in the Aaron Hernandez trial for the murder of Odin Llyod at Fall River Superior Court. Hernandez wipes his face as he listens to the judge speak to the jury. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FALL RIVER, MA - MARCH 31: Aaron Hernandez, left, listens to testimony next to his attorney Charles Rankin as a photo of witness Darryl Hodge is displayed during the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. (Photo by Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's fiancée has been granted immunity sought by prosecutors in his murder trial.

The decision released by a judge Tuesday means that Shayanna Jenkins could be compelled to testify or face time behind bars.

Prosecutors filed the petition last month, and Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh held a closed hearing at that time, but did not immediately release a decision. All details of the petition were sealed at the time it was filed. The court said it was because the petition contains grand jury testimony.

Hernandez is charged with the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating Jenkins' sister.

Jenkins has been seen often in court during the trial, sitting behind Hernandez to support him. The two have been heard whispering "I love you" to each other and occasionally joking together. Jenkins last week also shared notes with Hernandez's defense team after her sister testified against Hernandez.

Jenkins still lives in the couple's North Attleborough mansion with their 2-year-old daughter.

Prosecutors have said Jenkins lied to a grand jury dozens of times including when she said she didn't know what she did with a box she took from the basement of their home that prosecutors say contained possible evidence. She has pleaded not guilty to perjury.

The gun used to kill Lloyd has never been found.

Hernandez's trial is expected to resume Wednesday after a two-day snowstorm delay.

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