Ex-Patriot Hernandez Due In Court In Murder Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) -- Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is due to make another appearance in court in the murder case against him.

A probable cause hearing for Hernandez is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Attleboro District Court. He has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death last month of Odin Lloyd.

Prosecutors say Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd's killing because he was upset at him for talking to people Hernandez had problems with at a nightclub a few days earlier. Hernandez's lawyers say the case against him is circumstantial and he wants to clear his name.

Hernandez is being held without bail at a county jail.

Two of Hernandez's associates, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, also are facing charges in connection with the case.


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Associated Press Release
By: DAVE COLLINS and PAT EATON-ROBB

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- Massachusetts State Police say a man sought in connection with the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been arrested in Florida.

State police say local officers captured Ernest Wallace early Friday afternoon in Miramar in south Florida.

Authorities revealed Thursday night that they were seeking Wallace. They he was last seen driving a silver Chrysler with Rhode Island tags, and on Friday they said the car had been found.

Hernandez is charged with murder in the slaying of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.

A third man arrested in Bristol, Conn., in the case is being sent to Massachusetts.


BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- A prosecutor says the arrest of a Connecticut man is linked to the murder investigation involving former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.

New Britain State's Attorney Brian Preleski says 27-year-old Carlos Ortiz was charged as a fugitive from justice and has waived extradition to Massachusetts. Prison records show Ortiz is being held on $1.5 million bail at a Hartford jail.

Preleski and other officials declined to release the allegations against Ortiz, who is scheduled to return to court on July 23.

Ortiz was arrested Wednesday in Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, Conn. Preleski says the arrest came as prosecutors and Bristol police were helping Massachusetts authorities in the investigation of the shooting death of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez has charged with murder in Lloyd's death. His attorney calls the case circumstantial.


Associated Press Release

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) -- Police have charged Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez with murder and weapons counts in connection with the slaying of a semi-pro football player whose body was found in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's home.

The charge was revealed Wednesday in Attleboro District Court after Hernandez was arrested at his sprawling North Attleborough home. Less than two hours after his arrest, the Patriots cut Hernandez from the team.

The investigation started more than a week ago after semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd was found slain in an industrial park in North Attleborough, on the Rhode Island line not far from where the Patriots play.

Lloyd's family says he and Hernandez were friends and that Lloyd's girlfriend and Hernandez's fiancee are sisters.


Associated Press Release

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- The New England Patriots say they've released tight end Aaron Hernandez "following his arrest in the investigation of a homicide" last week in nearby North Attleboro.

The Patriots issued a statement Wednesday saying: "We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do."

The move came a few hours after Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs. He was taken into custody more than a week after a Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez's house.

Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player for the Boston Bandits, was found slain June 17. Officials ruled the death a homicide but did not say how Lloyd died.


NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been taken from his home in handcuffs after a Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from his house.

Family members say the dead man, 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, was dating a woman whose sister is Hernandez's fiancee. Officials ruled the death a homicide but did not say how Lloyd died.

It's unclear why Hernandez was being taken into custody Wednesday morning and put into the back of a marked police car.

State police have searched in and around Hernandez's home in North Attleborough several times. At least three search warrants have been issued in connection with the investigation.

Hernandez attorney Michael Fee hasn't discussed the investigation.


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