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Tanya Singleton, a cousin of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, sits in court in Suffolk Superior Court, September 23, 2014. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jessica Rinaldi, Pool)

FALL RIVER — Prosecutors have dropped the last remaining charge against Aaron Hernandez cousin Tanya Singleton, citing her battle with cancer and her probation status on another charge.

Deputy Bristol County District Attorney William McCauley filed court papers Thursday in Fall River Superior Court dropping the conspiracy to commit being an accessory after the fact of murder indictment against Singleton.

Singleton is currently on probation on a contempt conviction for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating Hernandez, a former New England Patriots star tight end.

Hernandez, 25, is now serving a life sentence without parole for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd in the North Attleboro Industrial Park, near his $1.7 million Westwood Estates home.

Lloyd, 27, of Boston, was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. He was shot repeatedly by Hernandez, prosecutors said.

Singleton, 39, of Bristol, Conn., was accused of helping two alleged accomplices of Hernandez, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, avoid police investigating the murder.

Singleton allegedly drove Wallace to Georgia and bought a bus ticket for him to go to Florida. She also allegedly offered to help get Ortiz to Puerto Rico. Wallace surrendered to police in Florida and Ortiz was arrested in Connecticut.

Murder cases against Ortiz and Wallace are pending. They have been held in jail on bail and have pleaded innocent.

During the course of the investigation into Lloyd’s slaying, Singleton refused to testify against Hernandez after being granted immunity from prosecution.

She spent several months in jail for refusing to answer questions, and last August pleaded guilty to contempt and was sentenced to two years of probation.

McCauley said in court papers Singleton’s doctor reported that her cancer is worsening despite aggressive therapies, requiring her to go to the hospital on multiple occasions.

The prosecutor also said Singleton has complied with all the conditions of her probation.

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