Carlos Ortiz, one of the men arrested in connection with the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, appears to have strong ties to Aaron Hernandez and/or the tight end’s family.
Ortiz was arraigned at the Attleboro District Court in Massachusetts on Friday and waived bail, meaning he will be in custody until his July 9 “dangerousness” hearing. FOX 25 in Boston reports that Ortiz was arrested at the Bristol, Conn., home of Hernandez’s uncle, Andres Valderrama, which is where he was living, according to court paperwork. Ortiz was arrested in Conn. as a fugitive of justice and was transported to Mass. on Friday. Both he and Aaron Hernandez are from Bristol.
Prosecutors allege that surveillance video shows Ortiz carrying a gun as he entered Aaron Hernandez’s North Attleboro home around 3:30 a.m. the morning of Lloyd’s murder. Per FOX 25, an affidavit from Mass. State Police Trooper Eric Benson says Ortiz admitted to investigators he had a firearm while in the town on or about the morning of June 17. However, he pleaded not guilty to the charge of carrying a firearm without a license in Massachusetts, per the AP.
Ortiz looked like he was about to break down and cry during his court appearance on Friday:
The third man wanted in the case, Ernest Wallace, turned himself in to police in Miramar, Fla., on Friday.
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