Alleged accomplice of Aaron Hernandez nabbed

ASSOCIATED PRESS Carlos Ortiz, one of two alleged accomplices in the murder case against Aaron Hernandez, appears in court in Connecticut.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Carlos Ortiz, one of two alleged accomplices in the murder case against Aaron Hernandez, appears in court in Connecticut.
Posted: July 01, 2013

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. - 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 yesterday 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' home in North Attleborough, Mass. 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 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.

Lloyd's relatives are preparing for his funeral in Boston today. A relative said the service will be at Church of the Holy Spirit in the city's Mattapan section.

Meanwhile, the New England Patriots are offering a new jersey to all fans who want to get rid of the one they bought with Aaron Hernandez's name on it.

The team says fans can come to their store at the stadium on the weekend of July 6-7 for a free jersey of comparable value.

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