The fiancée of Aaron Hernandez was granted immunity from prosecution to testify against the former New England Patriots tight end at his murder trial.
A judge signed the immunity order Tuesday, ensuring that when Shayanna Jenkins is called to the witness stand she will not be able to invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Authorities say that the day after Odin Lloyd's June 2013 slaying, Jenkins — acting at Hernandez's behest — removed the murder weapon from the home she and her fiancé shared in North Attleboro, Mass. Massachusetts prosecutors filed a petition for immunity for Jenkins last month to compel her to testify.
Jenkins is Hernandez's Bristol (Conn.) Central High School sweetheart and the father of his 2-year-old daughter. She has attended several days of the trial, either alone or with the former Patriots tight end's family, and sat directly behind Hernandez — talking and giggling with him during breaks, taking notes during testimony, and chatting with his defense lawyers when court is not in session.
Jenkins, 25, faces a perjury charge in the case, accused of lying to the Massachusetts grand jury that investigated Lloyd's death about the number of guns she saw in the home.
National champs not in clear yet
Citing "new information," Little League International officials met to discuss whether last summer's Little League World Series national championship team from Chicago's South Side added top suburban players in violation of residency rules.
Spokesman Brian McClintock said the organization's charter committee was meeting to discuss "possible resolutions" regarding the Jackie Robinson West team and that a final decision likely will be made this week. He declined to say if the team might lose its title.
Late last year, the organization said it was confident that there were no violations of residency regulations after investigating allegations made by an official from a suburban Chicago league that some of Jackie Robinson West's players live in suburbs with already-established Little League teams.
A-Rod apologizes to Yankees
Alex Rodriguez met with the New York Yankees and apologized to the team as he prepares to report to spring training following his season-long suspension.
The team said that the 39-year-old met at Yankee Stadium with owner Hal Steinbrenner, team president Randy Levine, General Manager Brian Cashman and assistant general manager Jean Afterman.
A joint statement issued by the team said "Alex initiated the meeting and apologized to the organization for his actions over the past several years."
"There was an honest and frank discussion on all of the issues," the statement said. "As far as the Yankees are concerned, the next step is to play baseball in spring training."
... Former Twins pitcher Vance Worley beat the Pirates in arbitration and will earn a $2.45 million salary this year rather than the team's offer of $2 million. The 27-year-old righthander was 8-4 with a 2.85 ERA last year.
AROUND THE HORN
Auto racing: Actor Vince Vaughn, who starred in the movies "Wedding Crashers," "Old School" and "Swingers," will serve as grand marshal for the upcoming Daytona 500.
Track and field: A Kenyan government pathologist says former Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru did not commit suicide and that he died after being struck on the head with a blunt object.
College football: Alabama's fourth-leading rusher from last year, running back Tyren Jones, was suspended indefinitely. Coach Nick Saban announced the suspension, saying it was "for conduct not to the standard of the Alabama football program."