Bail Amended for Hernandez Cousin
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) _ A Massachusetts judge amended bail conditions Wednesday for the cousin of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez so she may undergo cancer treatments while at home in Connecticut.
A judge agreed to let Tanya Singleton return to her hometown of Bristol, Conn., said Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for the Bristol County district attorney’s office. She had been required under the conditions of her release to stay in Massachusetts.
Under the new conditions, Singleton, who has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer, must remain at home except for medical appointments or probation office check-ins in Fall River, Miliote said.
Prosecutors did not oppose her request.
Singleton has pleaded not guilty to criminal contempt and conspiracy charges; she refused to testify before the grand jury that indicted Hernandez in August, though she had been granted immunity. The judge set her bail at $15,000 cash in October but she did not post it until last month.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the killing of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston man who was dating the sister of the ex-player’s fiancee.
In arguing for new bail conditions, Singleton’s attorney, E. Peter Parker, cited a decline in his client’s health and said she has not been tolerating chemotherapy well. She has been hospitalized twice in the last two weeks on an emergency basis, Parker said in a court filing.
He said that letting Singleton live at home in Connecticut would allow her to see the doctors who have treated her since her diagnosis in 2011. He also said she does not have health insurance in Massachusetts and would be unlikely to qualify for the state’s public insurance program because she doesn’t intend to remain a resident.
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