Aaron Hernandez’s Cousin in Court

AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jonathan Wiggs, Pool
AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jonathan Wiggs, Pool

Fall River, Mass. (AP) – A cousin of ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is expected to plead guilty to a criminal contempt charge in his 2013 murder case.

Tanya Singleton of Bristol, Connecticut is due in court today.  The 38-year-old refused to testify before a grand jury that indicted Hernandez on a murder charge in the killing of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in that case and in the 2012 killings of two men in Boston.

Prosecutors say Singleton deliberately thwarted their investigation despite being granted immunity.  Her attorney says she chose family loyalty. Prosecutors are recommending probation and home confinement for Singleton.  She has been undergoing treatment for a breast cancer recurrence.  Her attorney said prison time would likely hasten her death.

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