Aaron Hernandez's Cousin In Custody For Refusing To Testify

A cousin of Aaron Hernandez has been held at a Massachusetts correctional facility since Aug. 1 for refusing to testify before a grand jury hearing the state's murder case against him.

According to the Hartford Courant, Tanya Cummings-Singleton was subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury, but refused, and the judge held her in contempt.

Cummings-Singleton, 37, has a few connections to the case against Hernandez. Prosecutors have said that after the murder of Odin Lloyd, co-defendants Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace drove to the Bristol, Conn., home of Hernandez's uncle, where Cummings-Singleton lives. (That house has been searched multiple times by police.) Cummings-Singleton also reportedly bought a bus ticket for Wallace to travel to Florida.

Police continue to seek a cell phone used by Wallace on the night of the murder—that phone is registered to Cummings-Singleton.

Authorities had attempted to speak to her husband, Thaddeus Singleton III, but he was killed in a single-car crash on June 30.

Hernandez Cousin Held In Contempt Of Mass. Grand Jury [Courant]