Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez co-defendants due in court on murder charges


In this May 21, 2015, file photo, former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez sits at the defense table during his arraignment on a charge of trying to silence a witness in a double murder case against him by shooting the man in the face at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Newspaper company GateHouse Media is asking a judge to unseal documents relating to a juror in Hernandez's recent murder trial in Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool, File)

In this May 21, 2015, file photo, former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez sits at the defense table during his arraignment on a charge of trying to silence a witness in a double murder case against him by shooting the man in the face at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Newspaper company GateHouse Media is asking a judge to unseal documents relating to a juror in Hernandez’s recent murder trial in Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool, File)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Two men accused of joining with former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to kill a man in 2013 are due in court, the first time they will appear since Hernandez was convicted of murder in April.

Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz are scheduled for status conferences Friday at Bristol County Superior Court. Both men have pleaded not guilty to murder.

Prosecutors say that Oritz and Wallace drove up to Massachusetts from Connecticut in June 2013 to help Hernandez carry out the killing of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée.

A lawyer for the former tight end acknowledged Hernandez was there when Lloyd was shot to death in an industrial park but pinned the blame on the other two men.

Source: AP

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