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June 29, 2013

Conn. man arraigned in Hernandez case

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH (AP) — A man arrested in Connecticut in connection with the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with a weapons count, and investigators said a third suspect was arrested yesterday in south Florida.

Massachusetts State Police said local officers in Miramar, Fla., captured Ernest Wallace early in the afternoon, hours after a Connecticut judge ordered Carlos Ortiz turned over to Massachusetts authorities.

New Britain State’s attorney said 27-year-old Ortiz was arrested in Bristol on Wednesday as part of the investigation into the slaying of Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez is charged with murder in the slaying of Lloyd near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.

Ortiz was picked up in Connecticut for being a fugitive from justice. He was arraigned yesterday afternoon in Massachusetts on a charge of carrying a firearm without a license in North Attleborough on June 17, the day Lloyd was killed.

Authorities had revealed Thursday night that they were seeking Wallace, who they said should be considered armed and dangerous, on a charge of acting as an accessory after Lloyd’s murder.

Investigators have said Hernandez was with two other men the night of the killing, but they haven’t identified them.

Police arrested the 23-year-old Hernandez on Wednesday at his Massachusetts mansion and charged him with orchestrating Lloyd’s execution-style shooting, allegedly because the victim had talked to the wrong people at a nightclub.

A judge denied Hernandez’s bail appeal Thursday in a Massachusetts courtroom, where a prosecutor said a Hummer belonging to Hernandez turned up an ammunition clip matching the caliber of casings found at the scene of Lloyd’s killing.

Hernandez’s lawyer argued his client is not a risk to flee and the case against him is circumstantial.

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