FALL RIVER, Mass. – A cousin of Aaron Hernandez has been granted bail with conditions as she faces charges in connection with the murder case against the former New England Patriots player.
On Thursday, a judge set $15,000 cash bail for Tanya Singleton. She has been held without bail since pleading not guilty to criminal contempt and conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact. Singleton's attorney said she would not immediately post bail.
Prosecutors say Singleton helped Hernandez's "right-hand man" Ernest Wallace travel to Florida after Odin Lloyd's killing and discussed helping Hernandez associate Carlos Ortiz flee to Puerto Rico. Wallace and Ortiz have pleaded not guilty to accessory after the fact charges.
Singleton also refused to testify before the grand jury despite immunity.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the killing of Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player who was dating the sister of his girlfriend.
The prosecution earlier this month asked that judge Susan Garsh step aside, citing a "well-known and publicly documented history of antagonism" between her and lead prosecutor William McCauley stemming from a 2010 murder trial he argued before her.
Garsh rejected the prosecutors' request saying she was free of bias then, is free of it now and will be guided in her rulings only by the law.
Hernandez sat alongside his attorneys at the hearing, wearing a blazer and pink tie, and did not address the court. He is being held without bail.
In attendance in the gallery was his girlfriend, Shayanna Jenkins, who last week pleaded not guilty to a perjury charge related to the case. Prosecutors allege she lied to the grand jury that indicted Hernandez, including about disposing of key evidence at his request.