Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL star charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, will not be allowed to marry his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said Tuesday.
It has been suggested that the marriage could be a legal strategy, since it might shield Jenkins from testifying against Hernandez under Massachusetts law.
"I don't subscribe to that. I feel that those rights are things that you access on the outside, if you're a good citizen," Hodgson told USA Today of the alleged marriage strategy. "We'll do everything we can to not have that happen."
In an interview with the NFL Network radio show Wednesday, Hodgson added, "We're not going to revamp our entire security system to perform marriages inside our prison. If you want to get married, what you do is, you stay out of jail."
Last week, prosecutors said that Jenkins, who has a daughter with Hernandez, had been cooperating with investigators in the Lloyd murder case until the accused told her to keep quiet.
Hernandez, who has a history of violence, allegedly fought with Jenkins in a Los Angeles area home last year, according to TMZ. Police responded to a domestic dispute at the beach house the couple had rented, but no charges were filed.
Hernandez is being held without bail at Bristol County Jail in Massachusetts, and is currently in a single cell. According to USA Today, the ex-football player might soon be moved to the general population. He is due in court July 24 for a probable cause hearing.
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