2 Hernandez associates indicted on murder charges
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Two associates of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez were indicted Friday on murder charges in connection with the shooting death of a man last summer a mile from Hernandez’s home, prosecutors said.
A grand jury in Bristol County returned separate indictments against Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace in connection with the June 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd, District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter said.
Ortiz and Wallace, who are from Bristol, Conn., where Hernandez grew up, had been charged previously with accessory to murder after the fact and had pleaded not guilty. They had been ordered held on $500,000 bail on the older charges.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June killing of Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston resident who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.
The district attorney’s office said Ortiz and Wallace would be arraigned in Fall River Superior Court at a date yet to be scheduled. The office said it would have no further comment on the indictments until then.
Ortiz’s lawyer, John Connors, said he had not seen the indictment but called it “totally ridiculous.” He said, as he had in the past, that Ortiz was “just along for the ride” with Hernandez, Wallace and Lloyd on the night Lloyd was killed.
Lloyd’s bullet-riddled body was found by a jogger in an industrial park in North Attleborough. Prosecutors have said Hernandez was upset with Lloyd for talking at a nightclub to some people with whom he had problems.
A message was left for Wallace’s attorney, David Meier.
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