Hernandez's cousin to be arraigned Friday on contempt charges

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August 23, 2013, 7:52 am
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(NECN) - Aaron Hernandez's cousin, Tanya Singleton, will be arraigned on contempt charges Friday after she refused to testify before a grand jury in the death of Odin Lloyd.

Thursday, that grand jury indicted Hernandez on murder and weapon charges in the case. Prosecutors say Hernandez killed Lloyd after he spoke with people at a nightclub that Hernandez had problems with.

Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez's home.

Still, Hernandez's lawyers maintain his innocence. The former Patriots tight end is now back at the Bristol County Jail. A date for his arraignment has not yet been set.

NECN legal analyst Randy Chapman joined NECN's Morning Show to discuss the indictment and Singleton's pending arraignment.

"This is usually the stuff you see in the inner city gang cases, where people refuse to cooperate," said Chapman. "In this particular case, it seems as though the cousin was supposed to testify. They thought about buying a plane ticket for [Ernest] Wallace to go to Florida. She refused to testify, so she's been held in civil contempt, which means that she is held in custody and ordered to testify and she would only be released pending her willingness to testify."

See the attached video for the complete discussion.

Tags: Patriots, New England Patriots, Aaron Hernandez, Randy Chapman, Hernandez, odin lloyd, Tanya Singleton
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