Tanya Cummings-Singleton, a cousin of fomer New England Patriots’ tight end and current murder suspect Aaron Hernandez, has been imprisoned at a Massachusetts correctional facility since Aug. 1, according to The Hartford Courant. Cummings-Singleton, 37, was held in contempt after she refused to satisfy a subpoena requiring her to testify in front of the Fall River grand jury currently investigating Hernandez’s connection to the murder of Odin Lloyd.
According to The Courant:
“Investigators have demonstrated they have an interest in Cummings-Singleton, who lives at the Bristol home owned by Hernandez's uncle. Police have searched the home multiple times since Hernandez and two Bristol associates, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, were charged in Lloyd's death.
“Authorities say Cummings-Singleton bought a bus ticket for Wallace, who has been charged with accessory after the fact to murder, to travel to Florida the week after Lloyd's bullet-ridden body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass. Ortiz told investigators he discussed Lloyd's murder with Cummings-Singleton after he and Wallace returned to Bristol on June 17, court records indicate.”
Cummings-Singleton is currently being detained at South Bay House of Correction in Suffolk County, Mass. She was married to the late Thaddeus "T.L." Singleton, who was killed in a late-June car crash before police could interview him about a potential connection to a July 2012 homicide to which Hernandez may also be connected. Cummings-Singleton and her late husband hosted both Wallace and Ortiz at their home, where police found a car rented in Hernandez’ name connected to the aforementioned double homicide.
The Courant reports, “Grand jury proceedings are secret, so it is not clear who else has been subpoenaed to testify, or when Tanya Cummings-Singleton will reappear before the grand jury. The judge has full discretion over the length of her incarceration and can hold her until she complies. Bail is not set for individuals found in contempt of court.”
Meanwhile, Hernandez, who’s been charged with first-degree murder, has a probable cause hearing scheduled for Aug. 22, unless the grand jury indicts him before that date, according to ESPN.