Then came a late question on cross-examination from defense attorney Charles Rankin.

Did you ever smell the box, he asked Jenkins?

"I did," she testified.

And what did it smell like?

"Sort of like a skunky smell," she said, later noting she connected that smell with "marijuana."

It was expected the defense would offer to jurors a theory of what was inside the box Jenkins ushered out of the house and disposed of in a mystery dumpster, the location of which she can't recall.

Police never found the suspected murder weapon, a .45 caliber Glock. The prosecution has suggested Jenkins disposed of it by throwing out that box. Jenkins randomly throwing anything into some unknown dumpster a day after Lloyd was found dead is suspicious and thus damaging to Hernandez. The defense couldn't let it lay out there without some kind of counter theory.

Drugs always made the most sense. Hernandez smoked pot almost constantly in the days before Lloyd's death. To say he wanted illegal marijuana out of the house made sense, particularly if you are an NFL player susceptible to NFL drug rules.

Yet rather than raise the smell theory during closing arguments, Rankin had Jenkins bring it up directly. The way she answered his questions without hesitation made it sound rehearsed. Rankin almost assuredly knew what she was going to say. It was a good bit of theatre.

The issues here remain numerous though.

As prosecutor William McCauley immediately pounced on during redirect, Monday was the first time in the history of the case that Jenkins mentioned the smell of marijuana, or the smell of anything at all involving the box.

She never told police or investigators. She never said it in grand jury testimony. She never even alluded to it during her previous eight and a half total hours on the stand here across two days of this trial at Bristol County (Mass.) Superior Court.

"Is this the first time you've said that?" McCauley asked.

"Yes," Jenkins acknowledged.

Rankin later countered that she'd never been specifically asked about smell. But considering how damaging the removal of the box is to the case against Hernandez and how any suggestion that it was full of marijuana could serve as a measure of exculpatory evidence, why wouldn't she have spoken up about it?

Yet she didn't.

Had Jenkins come to court here and said that Hernandez told her to throw out a box of drugs, the prosecution would have been reeling.

By June 18, 2013, a full day after Lloyd's body was found, police had already begun to zero in on Hernandez as a suspect. Hernandez would have expected that a search warrant of the house was coming.

Even if he were innocent of the murder, he certainly wouldn't want illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia in the house. Not only could it lead to some kind of low-level criminal charges, such a discovery would put him in trouble with the NFL and the Patriots, which have strict drug restrictions.

If he'd just said, "Get all the drugs out of there," then the entire scene with Jenkins hurriedly removing the box from the house would make sense.

Jenkins, however, said Hernandez never told her what was in the box and she never asked. If it was as innocent as trying to avoid any problems with the NFL, then why wouldn't he have told her what was in the box?

Hernandez's prodigious use of drugs was no secret to Jenkins. She said she accepted it, as well as his frequent infidelity, as part of the deal of being with him.

As his fiancée and mother to their then eight-month-old child, she certainly would've been sympathetic to not jeopardizing his $40-million football contract over smoking pot.

Since she was granted immunity not only from previous charges she lied to a grand jury, but also from anything that might come from her testimony here, she could've reversed course at no penalty and described what was inside the box. If she knew.

Then came a late question on cross-examination from defense attorney Charles Rankin.

Did you ever smell the box, he asked Jenkins?

"I did," she testified.

And what did it smell like?

"Sort of like a skunky smell," she said, later noting she connected that smell with "marijuana."

It was expected the defense would offer to jurors a theory of what was inside the box Jenkins ushered out of the house and disposed of in a mystery dumpster, the location of which she can't recall.

Police never found the suspected murder weapon, a .45 caliber Glock. The prosecution has suggested Jenkins disposed of it by throwing out that box. Jenkins randomly throwing anything into some unknown dumpster a day after Lloyd was found dead is suspicious and thus damaging to Hernandez. The defense couldn't let it lay out there without some kind of counter theory.

Drugs always made the most sense. Hernandez smoked pot almost constantly in the days before Lloyd's death. To say he wanted illegal marijuana out of the house made sense, particularly if you are an NFL player susceptible to NFL drug rules.

Yet rather than raise the smell theory during closing arguments, Rankin had Jenkins bring it up directly. The way she answered his questions without hesitation made it sound rehearsed. Rankin almost assuredly knew what she was going to say. It was a good bit of theatre.

The issues here remain numerous though.

As prosecutor William McCauley immediately pounced on during redirect, Monday was the first time in the history of the case that Jenkins mentioned the smell of marijuana, or the smell of anything at all involving the box.

She never told police or investigators. She never said it in grand jury testimony. She never even alluded to it during her previous eight and a half total hours on the stand here across two days of this trial at Bristol County (Mass.) Superior Court.

"Is this the first time you've said that?" McCauley asked.

"Yes," Jenkins acknowledged.

Rankin later countered that she'd never been specifically asked about smell. But considering how damaging the removal of the box is to the case against Hernandez and how any suggestion that it was full of marijuana could serve as a measure of exculpatory evidence, why wouldn't she have spoken up about it?

Yet she didn't.

Had Jenkins come to court here and said that Hernandez told her to throw out a box of drugs, the prosecution would have been reeling.

By June 18, 2013, a full day after Lloyd's body was found, police had already begun to zero in on Hernandez as a suspect. Hernandez would have expected that a search warrant of the house was coming.

Even if he were innocent of the murder, he certainly wouldn't want illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia in the house. Not only could it lead to some kind of low-level criminal charges, such a discovery would put him in trouble with the NFL and the Patriots, which have strict drug restrictions.

If he'd just said, "Get all the drugs out of there," then the entire scene with Jenkins hurriedly removing the box from the house would make sense.

Jenkins, however, said Hernandez never told her what was in the box and she never asked. If it was as innocent as trying to avoid any problems with the NFL, then why wouldn't he have told her what was in the box?

Hernandez's prodigious use of drugs was no secret to Jenkins. She said she accepted it, as well as his frequent infidelity, as part of the deal of being with him.

As his fiancée and mother to their then eight-month-old child, she certainly would've been sympathetic to not jeopardizing his $40-million football contract over smoking pot.

Since she was granted immunity not only from previous charges she lied to a grand jury, but also from anything that might come from her testimony here, she could've reversed course at no penalty and described what was inside the box. If she knew.

Then came a late question on cross-examination from defense attorney Charles Rankin.

Did you ever smell the box, he asked Jenkins?

"I did," she testified.

And what did it smell like?

"Sort of like a skunky smell," she said, later noting she connected that smell with "marijuana."

It was expected the defense would offer to jurors a theory of what was inside the box Jenkins ushered out of the house and disposed of in a mystery dumpster, the location of which she can't recall.

Police never found the suspected murder weapon, a .45 caliber Glock. The prosecution has suggested Jenkins disposed of it by throwing out that box. Jenkins randomly throwing anything into some unknown dumpster a day after Lloyd was found dead is suspicious and thus damaging to Hernandez. The defense couldn't let it lay out there without some kind of counter theory.

Drugs always made the most sense. Hernandez smoked pot almost constantly in the days before Lloyd's death. To say he wanted illegal marijuana out of the house made sense, particularly if you are an NFL player susceptible to NFL drug rules.

Yet rather than raise the smell theory during closing arguments, Rankin had Jenkins bring it up directly. The way she answered his questions without hesitation made it sound rehearsed. Rankin almost assuredly knew what she was going to say. It was a good bit of theatre.

The issues here remain numerous though.

As prosecutor William McCauley immediately pounced on during redirect, Monday was the first time in the history of the case that Jenkins mentioned the smell of marijuana, or the smell of anything at all involving the box.

She never told police or investigators. She never said it in grand jury testimony. She never even alluded to it during her previous eight and a half total hours on the stand here across two days of this trial at Bristol County (Mass.) Superior Court.

"Is this the first time you've said that?" McCauley asked.

"Yes," Jenkins acknowledged.

Rankin later countered that she'd never been specifically asked about smell. But considering how damaging the removal of the box is to the case against Hernandez and how any suggestion that it was full of marijuana could serve as a measure of exculpatory evidence, why wouldn't she have spoken up about it?

Yet she didn't.

Had Jenkins come to court here and said that Hernandez told her to throw out a box of drugs, the prosecution would have been reeling.

By June 18, 2013, a full day after Lloyd's body was found, police had already begun to zero in on Hernandez as a suspect. Hernandez would have expected that a search warrant of the house was coming.

Even if he were innocent of the murder, he certainly wouldn't want illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia in the house. Not only could it lead to some kind of low-level criminal charges, such a discovery would put him in trouble with the NFL and the Patriots, which have strict drug restrictions.

If he'd just said, "Get all the drugs out of there," then the entire scene with Jenkins hurriedly removing the box from the house would make sense.

Jenkins, however, said Hernandez never told her what was in the box and she never asked. If it was as innocent as trying to avoid any problems with the NFL, then why wouldn't he have told her what was in the box?

Hernandez's prodigious use of drugs was no secret to Jenkins. She said she accepted it, as well as his frequent infidelity, as part of the deal of being with him.

As his fiancée and mother to their then eight-month-old child, she certainly would've been sympathetic to not jeopardizing his $40-million football contract over smoking pot.

Since she was granted immunity not only from previous charges she lied to a grand jury, but also from anything that might come from her testimony here, she could've reversed course at no penalty and described what was inside the box. If she knew.

Then came a late question on cross-examination from defense attorney Charles Rankin.

Did you ever smell the box, he asked Jenkins?

 

"I did," she testified.

And what did it smell like?

"Sort of like a skunky smell," she said, later noting she connected that smell with "marijuana."

It was expected the defense would offer to jurors a theory of what was inside the box Jenkins ushered out of the house and disposed of in a mystery dumpster, the location of which she can't recall.

Police never found the suspected murder weapon, a .45 caliber Glock. The prosecution has suggested Jenkins disposed of it by throwing out that box. Jenkins randomly throwing anything into some unknown dumpster a day after Lloyd was found dead is suspicious and thus damaging to Hernandez. The defense couldn't let it lay out there without some kind of counter theory.

Drugs always made the most sense. Hernandez smoked pot almost constantly in the days before Lloyd's death. To say he wanted illegal marijuana out of the house made sense, particularly if you are an NFL player susceptible to NFL drug rules.

Yet rather than raise the smell theory during closing arguments, Rankin had Jenkins bring it up directly. The way she answered his questions without hesitation made it sound rehearsed. Rankin almost assuredly knew what she was going to say. It was a good bit of theatre.

The issues here remain numerous though.

As prosecutor William McCauley immediately pounced on during redirect, Monday was the first time in the history of the case that Jenkins mentioned the smell of marijuana, or the smell of anything at all involving the box.

She never told police or investigators. She never said it in grand jury testimony. She never even alluded to it during her previous eight and a half total hours on the stand here across two days of this trial at Bristol County (Mass.) Superior Court.

"Is this the first time you've said that?" McCauley asked.

"Yes," Jenkins acknowledged.

Rankin later countered that she'd never been specifically asked about smell. But considering how damaging the removal of the box is to the case against Hernandez and how any suggestion that it was full of marijuana could serve as a measure of exculpatory evidence, why wouldn't she have spoken up about it?

Yet she didn't.

Had Jenkins come to court here and said that Hernandez told her to throw out a box of drugs, the prosecution would have been reeling.

By June 18, 2013, a full day after Lloyd's body was found, police had already begun to zero in on Hernandez as a suspect. Hernandez would have expected that a search warrant of the house was coming.

Even if he were innocent of the murder, he certainly wouldn't want illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia in the house. Not only could it lead to some kind of low-level criminal charges, such a discovery would put him in trouble with the NFL and the Patriots, which have strict drug restrictions.

If he'd just said, "Get all the drugs out of there," then the entire scene with Jenkins hurriedly removing the box from the house would make sense.

Jenkins, however, said Hernandez never told her what was in the box and she never asked. If it was as innocent as trying to avoid any problems with the NFL, then why wouldn't he have told her what was in the box?

Hernandez's prodigious use of drugs was no secret to Jenkins. She said she accepted it, as well as his frequent infidelity, as part of the deal of being with him.

As his fiancée and mother to their then eight-month-old child, she certainly would've been sympathetic to not jeopardizing his $40-million football contract over smoking pot.

Since she was granted immunity not only from previous charges she lied to a grand jury, but also from anything that might come from her testimony here, she could've reversed course at no penalty and described what was inside the box. If she knew.

Then came a late question on cross-examination from defense attorney Charles Rankin.

Did you ever smell the box, he asked Jenkins?

"I did," she testified.

And what did it smell like?

"Sort of like a skunky smell," she said, later noting she connected that smell with "marijuana."

It was expected the defense would offer to jurors a theory of what was inside the box Jenkins ushered out of the house and disposed of in a mystery dumpster, the location of which she can't recall.

Police never found the suspected murder weapon, a .45 caliber Glock. The prosecution has suggested Jenkins disposed of it by throwing out that box. Jenkins randomly throwing anything into some unknown dumpster a day after Lloyd was found dead is suspicious and thus damaging to Hernandez. The defense couldn't let it lay out there without some kind of counter theory.

Drugs always made the most sense. Hernandez smoked pot almost constantly in the days before Lloyd's death. To say he wanted illegal marijuana out of the house made sense, particularly if you are an NFL player susceptible to NFL drug rules.

Yet rather than raise the smell theory during closing arguments, Rankin had Jenkins bring it up directly. The way she answered his questions without hesitation made it sound rehearsed. Rankin almost assuredly knew what she was going to say. It was a good bit of theatre.

The issues here remain numerous though.

As prosecutor William McCauley immediately pounced on during redirect, Monday was the first time in the history of the case that Jenkins mentioned the smell of marijuana, or the smell of anything at all involving the box.

She never told police or investigators. She never said it in grand jury testimony. She never even alluded to it during her previous eight and a half total hours on the stand here across two days of this trial at Bristol County (Mass.) Superior Court.

"Is this the first time you've said that?" McCauley asked.

"Yes," Jenkins acknowledged.

Rankin later countered that she'd never been specifically asked about smell. But considering how damaging the removal of the box is to the case against Hernandez and how any suggestion that it was full of marijuana could serve as a measure of exculpatory evidence, why wouldn't she have spoken up about it?

Yet she didn't.

Had Jenkins come to court here and said that Hernandez told her to throw out a box of drugs, the prosecution would have been reeling.

By June 18, 2013, a full day after Lloyd's body was found, police had already begun to zero in on Hernandez as a suspect. Hernandez would have expected that a search warrant of the house was coming.

Even if he were innocent of the murder, he certainly wouldn't want illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia in the house. Not only could it lead to some kind of low-level criminal charges, such a discovery would put him in trouble with the NFL and the Patriots, which have strict drug restrictions.

If he'd just said, "Get all the drugs out of there," then the entire scene with Jenkins hurriedly removing the box from the house would make sense.

Jenkins, however, said Hernandez never told her what was in the box and she never asked. If it was as innocent as trying to avoid any problems with the NFL, then why wouldn't he have told her what was in the box?

Hernandez's prodigious use of drugs was no secret to Jenkins. She said she accepted it, as well as his frequent infidelity, as part of the deal of being with him.

As his fiancée and mother to their then eight-month-old child, she certainly would've been sympathetic to not jeopardizing his $40-million football contract over smoking pot.

Since she was granted immunity not only from previous charges she lied to a grand jury, but also from anything that might come from her testimony here, she could've reversed course at no penalty and described what was inside the box. If she knew.

Then came a late question on cross-examination from defense attorney Charles Rankin.

Did you ever smell the box, he asked Jenkins?

"I did," she testified.

And what did it smell like?

"Sort of like a skunky smell," she said, later noting she connected that smell with "marijuana."

It was expected the defense would offer to jurors a theory of what was inside the box Jenkins ushered out of the house and disposed of in a mystery dumpster, the location of which she can't recall.

Police never found the suspected murder weapon, a .45 caliber Glock. The prosecution has suggested Jenkins disposed of it by throwing out that box. Jenkins randomly throwing anything into some unknown dumpster a day after Lloyd was found dead is suspicious and thus damaging to Hernandez. The defense couldn't let it lay out there without some kind of counter theory.

Drugs always made the most sense. Hernandez smoked pot almost constantly in the days before Lloyd's death. To say he wanted illegal marijuana out of the house made sense, particularly if you are an NFL player susceptible to NFL drug rules.

Yet rather than raise the smell theory during closing arguments, Rankin had Jenkins bring it up directly. The way she answered his questions without hesitation made it sound rehearsed. Rankin almost assuredly knew what she was going to say. It was a good bit of theatre.

The issues here remain numerous though.

As prosecutor William McCauley immediately pounced on during redirect, Monday was the first time in the history of the case that Jenkins mentioned the smell of marijuana, or the smell of anything at all involving the box.

She never told police or investigators. She never said it in grand jury testimony. She never even alluded to it during her previous eight and a half total hours on the stand here across two days of this trial at Bristol County (Mass.) Superior Court.

"Is this the first time you've said that?" McCauley asked.

"Yes," Jenkins acknowledged.

Rankin later countered that she'd never been specifically asked about smell. But considering how damaging the removal of the box is to the case against Hernandez and how any suggestion that it was full of marijuana could serve as a measure of exculpatory evidence, why wouldn't she have spoken up about it?

Yet she didn't.

Had Jenkins come to court here and said that Hernandez told her to throw out a box of drugs, the prosecution would have been reeling.

By June 18, 2013, a full day after Lloyd's body was found, police had already begun to zero in on Hernandez as a suspect. Hernandez would have expected that a search warrant of the house was coming.

Even if he were innocent of the murder, he certainly wouldn't want illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia in the house. Not only could it lead to some kind of low-level criminal charges, such a discovery would put him in trouble with the NFL and the Patriots, which have strict drug restrictions.

If he'd just said, "Get all the drugs out of there," then the entire scene with Jenkins hurriedly removing the box from the house would make sense.

Jenkins, however, said Hernandez never told her what was in the box and she never asked. If it was as innocent as trying to avoid any problems with the NFL, then why wouldn't he have told her what was in the box?

Hernandez's prodigious use of drugs was no secret to Jenkins. She said she accepted it, as well as his frequent infidelity, as part of the deal of being with him.

As his fiancée and mother to their then eight-month-old child, she certainly would've been sympathetic to not jeopardizing his $40-million football contract over smoking pot.

Since she was granted immunity not only from previous charges she lied to a grand jury, but also from anything that might come from her testimony here, she could've reversed course at no penalty and described what was inside the box. If she knew.

Then came a late question on cross-examination from defense attorney Charles Rankin.

Did you ever smell the box, he asked Jenkins?

"I did," she testified.

And what did it smell like?

"Sort of like a skunky smell," she said, later noting she connected that smell with "marijuana."

It was expected the defense would offer to jurors a theory of what was inside the box Jenkins ushered out of the house and disposed of in a mystery dumpster, the location of which she can't recall.

Police never found the suspected murder weapon, a .45 caliber Glock. The prosecution has suggested Jenkins disposed of it by throwing out that box. Jenkins randomly throwing anything into some unknown dumpster a day after Lloyd was found dead is suspicious and thus damaging to Hernandez. The defense couldn't let it lay out there without some kind of counter theory.

Drugs always made the most sense. Hernandez smoked pot almost constantly in the days before Lloyd's death. To say he wanted illegal marijuana out of the house made sense, particularly if you are an NFL player susceptible to NFL drug rules.

Yet rather than raise the smell theory during closing arguments, Rankin had Jenkins bring it up directly. The way she answered his questions without hesitation made it sound rehearsed. Rankin almost assuredly knew what she was going to say. It was a good bit of theatre.

The issues here remain numerous though.

As prosecutor William McCauley immediately pounced on during redirect, Monday was the first time in the history of the case that Jenkins mentioned the smell of marijuana, or the smell of anything at all involving the box.

She never told police or investigators. She never said it in grand jury testimony. She never even alluded to it during her previous eight and a half total hours on the stand here across two days of this trial at Bristol County (Mass.) Superior Court.

"Is this the first time you've said that?" McCauley asked.

"Yes," Jenkins acknowledged.

Rankin later countered that she'd never been specifically asked about smell. But considering how damaging the removal of the box is to the case against Hernandez and how any suggestion that it was full of marijuana could serve as a measure of exculpatory evidence, why wouldn't she have spoken up about it?

Yet she didn't.

Had Jenkins come to court here and said that Hernandez told her to throw out a box of drugs, the prosecution would have been reeling.

By June 18, 2013, a full day after Lloyd's body was found, police had already begun to zero in on Hernandez as a suspect. Hernandez would have expected that a search warrant of the house was coming.

Even if he were innocent of the murder, he certainly wouldn't want illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia in the house. Not only could it lead to some kind of low-level criminal charges, such a discovery would put him in trouble with the NFL and the Patriots, which have strict drug restrictions.

If he'd just said, "Get all the drugs out of there," then the entire scene with Jenkins hurriedly removing the box from the house would make sense.

Jenkins, however, said Hernandez never told her what was in the box and she never asked. If it was as innocent as trying to avoid any problems with the NFL, then why wouldn't he have told her what was in the box?

Hernandez's prodigious use of drugs was no secret to Jenkins. She said she accepted it, as well as his frequent infidelity, as part of the deal of being with him.

As his fiancée and mother to their then eight-month-old child, she certainly would've been sympathetic to not jeopardizing his $40-million football contract over smoking pot.

Since she was granted immunity not only from previous charges she lied to a grand jury, but also from anything that might come from her testimony here, she could've reversed course at no penalty and described what was inside the box. If she knew.

Then came a late question on cross-examination from defense attorney Charles Rankin.

Did you ever smell the box, he asked Jenkins?

"I did," she testified.

And what did it smell like?

"Sort of like a skunky smell," she said, later noting she connected that smell with "marijuana."

It was expected the defense would offer to jurors a theory of what was inside the box Jenkins ushered out of the house and disposed of in a mystery dumpster, the location of which she can't recall.

Police never found the suspected murder weapon, a .45 caliber Glock. The prosecution has suggested Jenkins disposed of it by throwing out that box. Jenkins randomly throwing anything into some unknown dumpster a day after Lloyd was found dead is suspicious and thus damaging to Hernandez. The defense couldn't let it lay out there without some kind of counter theory.

Drugs always made the most sense. Hernandez smoked pot almost constantly in the days before Lloyd's death. To say he wanted illegal marijuana out of the house made sense, particularly if you are an NFL player susceptible to NFL drug rules.

Yet rather than raise the smell theory during closing arguments, Rankin had Jenkins bring it up directly. The way she answered his questions without hesitation made it sound rehearsed. Rankin almost assuredly knew what she was going to say. It was a good bit of theatre.

The issues here remain numerous though.

As prosecutor William McCauley immediately pounced on during redirect, Monday was the first time in the history of the case that Jenkins mentioned the smell of marijuana, or the smell of anything at all involving the box.

She never told police or investigators. She never said it in grand jury testimony. She never even alluded to it during her previous eight and a half total hours on the stand here across two days of this trial at Bristol County (Mass.) Superior Court.

"Is this the first time you've said that?" McCauley asked.

"Yes," Jenkins acknowledged.

Rankin later countered that she'd never been specifically asked about smell. But considering how damaging the removal of the box is to the case against Hernandez and how any suggestion that it was full of marijuana could serve as a measure of exculpatory evidence, why wouldn't she have spoken up about it?

Yet she didn't.

Had Jenkins come to court here and said that Hernandez told her to throw out a box of drugs, the prosecution would have been reeling.

By June 18, 2013, a full day after Lloyd's body was found, police had already begun to zero in on Hernandez as a suspect. Hernandez would have expected that a search warrant of the house was coming.

Even if he were innocent of the murder, he certainly wouldn't want illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia in the house. Not only could it lead to some kind of low-level criminal charges, such a discovery would put him in trouble with the NFL and the Patriots, which have strict drug restrictions.

If he'd just said, "Get all the drugs out of there," then the entire scene with Jenkins hurriedly removing the box from the house would make sense.

Jenkins, however, said Hernandez never told her what was in the box and she never asked. If it was as innocent as trying to avoid any problems with the NFL, then why wouldn't he have told her what was in the box?

Hernandez's prodigious use of drugs was no secret to Jenkins. She said she accepted it, as well as his frequent infidelity, as part of the deal of being with him.

As his fiancée and mother to their then eight-month-old child, she certainly would've been sympathetic to not jeopardizing his $40-million football contract over smoking pot.

Since she was granted immunity not only from previous charges she lied to a grand jury, but also from anything that might come from her testimony here, she could've reversed course at no penalty and described what was inside the box. If she knew.

Then came a late question on cross-examination from defense attorney Charles Rankin.

Did you ever smell the box, he asked Jenkins?

"I did," she testified.

And what did it smell like?

"Sort of like a skunky smell," she said, later noting she connected that smell with "marijuana."

It was expected the defense would offer to jurors a theory of what was inside the box Jenkins ushered out of the house and disposed of in a mystery dumpster, the location of which she can't recall.

Police never found the suspected murder weapon, a .45 caliber Glock. The prosecution has suggested Jenkins disposed of it by throwing out that box. Jenkins randomly throwing anything into some unknown dumpster a day after Lloyd was found dead is suspicious and thus damaging to Hernandez. The defense couldn't let it lay out there without some kind of counter theory.

Drugs always made the most sense. Hernandez smoked pot almost constantly in the days before Lloyd's death. To say he wanted illegal marijuana out of the house made sense, particularly if you are an NFL player susceptible to NFL drug rules.

Yet rather than raise the smell theory during closing arguments, Rankin had Jenkins bring it up directly. The way she answered his questions without hesitation made it sound rehearsed. Rankin almost assuredly knew what she was going to say. It was a good bit of theatre.

The issues here remain numerous though.

As prosecutor William McCauley immediately pounced on during redirect, Monday was the first time in the history of the case that Jenkins mentioned the smell of marijuana, or the smell of anything at all involving the box.

She never told police or investigators. She never said it in grand jury testimony. She never even alluded to it during her previous eight and a half total hours on the stand here across two days of this trial at Bristol County (Mass.) Superior Court.

"Is this the first time you've said that?" McCauley asked.

"Yes," Jenkins acknowledged.

Rankin later countered that she'd never been specifically asked about smell. But considering how damaging the removal of the box is to the case against Hernandez and how any suggestion that it was full of marijuana could serve as a measure of exculpatory evidence, why wouldn't she have spoken up about it?

Yet she didn't.

Had Jenkins come to court here and said that Hernandez told her to throw out a box of drugs, the prosecution would have been reeling.

By June 18, 2013, a full day after Lloyd's body was found, police had already begun to zero in on Hernandez as a suspect. Hernandez would have expected that a search warrant of the house was coming.

Even if he were innocent of the murder, he certainly wouldn't want illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia in the house. Not only could it lead to some kind of low-level criminal charges, such a discovery would put him in trouble with the NFL and the Patriots, which have strict drug restrictions.

If he'd just said, "Get all the drugs out of there," then the entire scene with Jenkins hurriedly removing the box from the house would make sense.

Jenkins, however, said Hernandez never told her what was in the box and she never asked. If it was as innocent as trying to avoid any problems with the NFL, then why wouldn't he have told her what was in the box?

Hernandez's prodigious use of drugs was no secret to Jenkins. She said she accepted it, as well as his frequent infidelity, as part of the deal of being with him.

As his fiancée and mother to their then eight-month-old child, she certainly would've been sympathetic to not jeopardizing his $40-million football contract over smoking pot.

Since she was granted immunity not only from previous charges she lied to a grand jury, but also from anything that might come from her testimony here, she could've reversed course at no penalty and described what was inside the box. If she knew.

Then came a late question on cross-examination from defense attorney Charles Rankin.

Did you ever smell the box, he asked Jenkins?

"I did," she testified.

And what did it smell like?

"Sort of like a skunky smell," she said, later noting she connected that smell with "marijuana."

It was expected the defense would offer to jurors a theory of what was inside the box Jenkins ushered out of the house and disposed of in a mystery dumpster, the location of which she can't recall.

Police never found the suspected murder weapon, a .45 caliber Glock. The prosecution has suggested Jenkins disposed of it by throwing out that box. Jenkins randomly throwing anything into some unknown dumpster a day after Lloyd was found dead is suspicious and thus damaging to Hernandez. The defense couldn't let it lay out there without some kind of counter theory.

Drugs always made the most sense. Hernandez smoked pot almost constantly in the days before Lloyd's death. To say he wanted illegal marijuana out of the house made sense, particularly if you are an NFL player susceptible to NFL drug rules.

Yet rather than raise the smell theory during closing arguments, Rankin had Jenkins bring it up directly. The way she answered his questions without hesitation made it sound rehearsed. Rankin almost assuredly knew what she was going to say. It was a good bit of theatre.

The issues here remain numerous though.

As prosecutor William McCauley immediately pounced on during redirect, Monday was the first time in the history of the case that Jenkins mentioned the smell of marijuana, or the smell of anything at all involving the box.

She never told police or investigators. She never said it in grand jury testimony. She never even alluded to it during her previous eight and a half total hours on the stand here across two days of this trial at Bristol County (Mass.) Superior Court.

"Is this the first time you've said that?" McCauley asked.

"Yes," Jenkins acknowledged.

Rankin later countered that she'd never been specifically asked about smell. But considering how damaging the removal of the box is to the case against Hernandez and how any suggestion that it was full of marijuana could serve as a measure of exculpatory evidence, why wouldn't she have spoken up about it?

Yet she didn't.

Had Jenkins come to court here and said that Hernandez told her to throw out a box of drugs, the prosecution would have been reeling.

By June 18, 2013, a full day after Lloyd's body was found, police had already begun to zero in on Hernandez as a suspect. Hernandez would have expected that a search warrant of the house was coming.

Even if he were innocent of the murder, he certainly wouldn't want illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia in the house. Not only could it lead to some kind of low-level criminal charges, such a discovery would put him in trouble with the NFL and the Patriots, which have strict drug restrictions.

If he'd just said, "Get all the drugs out of there," then the entire scene with Jenkins hurriedly removing the box from the house would make sense.

Jenkins, however, said Hernandez never told her what was in the box and she never asked. If it was as innocent as trying to avoid any problems with the NFL, then why wouldn't he have told her what was in the box?

Hernandez's prodigious use of drugs was no secret to Jenkins. She said she accepted it, as well as his frequent infidelity, as part of the deal of being with him.

As his fiancée and mother to their then eight-month-old child, she certainly would've been sympathetic to not jeopardizing his $40-million football contract over smoking pot.

Since she was granted immunity not only from previous charges she lied to a grand jury, but also from anything that might come from her testimony here, she could've reversed course at no penalty and described what was inside the box. If she knew.

Then came a late question on cross-examination from defense attorney Charles Rankin.

Did you ever smell the box, he asked Jenkins?

"I did," she testified.

And what did it smell like?

"Sort of like a skunky smell," she said, later noting she connected that smell with "marijuana."

It was expected the defense would offer to jurors a theory of what was inside the box Jenkins ushered out of the house and disposed of in a mystery dumpster, the location of which she can't recall.

Police never found the suspected murder weapon, a .45 caliber Glock. The prosecution has suggested Jenkins disposed of it by throwing out that box. Jenkins randomly throwing anything into some unknown dumpster a day after Lloyd was found dead is suspicious and thus damaging to Hernandez. The defense couldn't let it lay out there without some kind of counter theory.

Drugs always made the most sense. Hernandez smoked pot almost constantly in the days before Lloyd's death. To say he wanted illegal marijuana out of the house made sense, particularly if you are an NFL player susceptible to NFL drug rules.

Yet rather than raise the smell theory during closing arguments, Rankin had Jenkins bring it up directly. The way she answered his questions without hesitation made it sound rehearsed. Rankin almost assuredly knew what she was going to say. It was a good bit of theatre.

The issues here remain numerous though.

As prosecutor William McCauley immediately pounced on during redirect, Monday was the first time in the history of the case that Jenkins mentioned the smell of marijuana, or the smell of anything at all involving the box.

She never told police or investigators. She never said it in grand jury testimony. She never even alluded to it during her previous eight and a half total hours on the stand here across two days of this trial at Bristol County (Mass.) Superior Court.

"Is this the first time you've said that?" McCauley asked.

"Yes," Jenkins acknowledged.

Rankin later countered that she'd never been specifically asked about smell. But considering how damaging the removal of the box is to the case against Hernandez and how any suggestion that it was full of marijuana could serve as a measure of exculpatory evidence, why wouldn't she have spoken up about it?

Yet she didn't.

Had Jenkins come to court here and said that Hernandez told her to throw out a box of drugs, the prosecution would have been reeling.

By June 18, 2013, a full day after Lloyd's body was found, police had already begun to zero in on Hernandez as a suspect. Hernandez would have expected that a search warrant of the house was coming.

Even if he were innocent of the murder, he certainly wouldn't want illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia in the house. Not only could it lead to some kind of low-level criminal charges, such a discovery would put him in trouble with the NFL and the Patriots, which have strict drug restrictions.

If he'd just said, "Get all the drugs out of there," then the entire scene with Jenkins hurriedly removing the box from the house would make sense.

Jenkins, however, said Hernandez never told her what was in the box and she never asked. If it was as innocent as trying to avoid any problems with the NFL, then why wouldn't he have told her what was in the box?

Hernandez's prodigious use of drugs was no secret to Jenkins. She said she accepted it, as well as his frequent infidelity, as part of the deal of being with him.

As his fiancée and mother to their then eight-month-old child, she certainly would've been sympathetic to not jeopardizing his $40-million football contract over smoking pot.

Since she was granted immunity not only from previous charges she lied to a grand jury, but also from anything that might come from her testimony here, she could've reversed course at no penalty and described what was inside the box. If she knew.

Then came a late question on cross-examination from defense attorney Charles Rankin.

Did you ever smell the box, he asked Jenkins?

"I did," she testified.

And what did it smell like?

"Sort of like a skunky smell," she said, later noting she connected that smell with "marijuana."

It was expected the defense would offer to jurors a theory of what was inside the box Jenkins ushered out of the house and disposed of in a mystery dumpster, the location of which she can't recall.

Police never found the suspected murder weapon, a .45 caliber Glock. The prosecution has suggested Jenkins disposed of it by throwing out that box. Jenkins randomly throwing anything into some unknown dumpster a day after Lloyd was found dead is suspicious and thus damaging to Hernandez. The defense couldn't let it lay out there without some kind of counter theory.

Drugs always made the most sense. Hernandez smoked pot almost constantly in the days before Lloyd's death. To say he wanted illegal marijuana out of the house made sense, particularly if you are an NFL player susceptible to NFL drug rules.

Yet rather than raise the smell theory during closing arguments, Rankin had Jenkins bring it up directly. The way she answered his questions without hesitation made it sound rehearsed. Rankin almost assuredly knew what she was going to say. It was a good bit of theatre.

The issues here remain numerous though.

As prosecutor William McCauley immediately pounced on during redirect, Monday was the first time in the history of the case that Jenkins mentioned the smell of marijuana, or the smell of anything at all involving the box.

She never told police or investigators. She never said it in grand jury testimony. She never even alluded to it during her previous eight and a half total hours on the stand here across two days of this trial at Bristol County (Mass.) Superior Court.

"Is this the first time you've said that?" McCauley asked.

"Yes," Jenkins acknowledged.

Rankin later countered that she'd never been specifically asked about smell. But considering how damaging the removal of the box is to the case against Hernandez and how any suggestion that it was full of marijuana could serve as a measure of exculpatory evidence, why wouldn't she have spoken up about it?

Yet she didn't.

Had Jenkins come to court here and said that Hernandez told her to throw out a box of drugs, the prosecution would have been reeling.

By June 18, 2013, a full day after Lloyd's body was found, police had already begun to zero in on Hernandez as a suspect. Hernandez would have expected that a search warrant of the house was coming.

Even if he were innocent of the murder, he certainly wouldn't want illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia in the house. Not only could it lead to some kind of low-level criminal charges, such a discovery would put him in trouble with the NFL and the Patriots, which have strict drug restrictions.

If he'd just said, "Get all the drugs out of there," then the entire scene with Jenkins hurriedly removing the box from the house would make sense.

Jenkins, however, said Hernandez never told her what was in the box and she never asked. If it was as innocent as trying to avoid any problems with the NFL, then why wouldn't he have told her what was in the box?

Hernandez's prodigious use of drugs was no secret to Jenkins. She said she accepted it, as well as his frequent infidelity, as part of the deal of being with him.

As his fiancée and mother to their then eight-month-old child, she certainly would've been sympathetic to not jeopardizing his $40-million football contract over smoking pot.

Since she was granted immunity not only from previous charges she lied to a grand jury, but also from anything that might come from her testimony here, she could've reversed course at no penalty and described what was inside the box. If she knew.

Then came a late question on cross-examination from defense attorney Charles Rankin.

Did you ever smell the box, he asked Jenkins?

"I did," she testified.

And what did it smell like?

"Sort of like a skunky smell," she said, later noting she connected that smell with "marijuana."

It was expected the defense would offer to jurors a theory of what was inside the box Jenkins ushered out of the house and disposed of in a mystery dumpster, the location of which she can't recall.

Police never found the suspected murder weapon, a .45 caliber Glock. The prosecution has suggested Jenkins disposed of it by throwing out that box. Jenkins randomly throwing anything into some unknown dumpster a day after Lloyd was found dead is suspicious and thus damaging to Hernandez. The defense couldn't let it lay out there without some kind of counter theory.

Drugs always made the most sense. Hernandez smoked pot almost constantly in the days before Lloyd's death. To say he wanted illegal marijuana out of the house made sense, particularly if you are an NFL player susceptible to NFL drug rules.

Yet rather than raise the smell theory during closing arguments, Rankin had Jenkins bring it up directly. The way she answered his questions without hesitation made it sound rehearsed. Rankin almost assuredly knew what she was going to say. It was a good bit of theatre.

The issues here remain numerous though.

As prosecutor William McCauley immediately pounced on during redirect, Monday was the first time in the history of the case that Jenkins mentioned the smell of marijuana, or the smell of anything at all involving the box.

She never told police or investigators. She never said it in grand jury testimony. She never even alluded to it during her previous eight and a half total hours on the stand here across two days of this trial at Bristol County (Mass.) Superior Court.

"Is this the first time you've said that?" McCauley asked.

"Yes," Jenkins acknowledged.

Rankin later countered that she'd never been specifically asked about smell. But considering how damaging the removal of the box is to the case against Hernandez and how any suggestion that it was full of marijuana could serve as a measure of exculpatory evidence, why wouldn't she have spoken up about it?

Yet she didn't.

Had Jenkins come to court here and said that Hernandez told her to throw out a box of drugs, the prosecution would have been reeling.

By June 18, 2013, a full day after Lloyd's body was found, police had already begun to zero in on Hernandez as a suspect. Hernandez would have expected that a search warrant of the house was coming.

Even if he were innocent of the murder, he certainly wouldn't want illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia in the house. Not only could it lead to some kind of low-level criminal charges, such a discovery would put him in trouble with the NFL and the Patriots, which have strict drug restrictions.

If he'd just said, "Get all the drugs out of there," then the entire scene with Jenkins hurriedly removing the box from the house would make sense.

Jenkins, however, said Hernandez never told her what was in the box and she never asked. If it was as innocent as trying to avoid any problems with the NFL, then why wouldn't he have told her what was in the box?

Hernandez's prodigious use of drugs was no secret to Jenkins. She said she accepted it, as well as his frequent infidelity, as part of the deal of being with him.

As his fiancée and mother to their then eight-month-old child, she certainly would've been sympathetic to not jeopardizing his $40-million football contract over smoking pot.

Since she was granted immunity not only from previous charges she lied to a grand jury, but also from anything that might come from her testimony here, she could've reversed course at no penalty and described what was inside the box. If she knew.