Ernest Wallace, suspect in Odin Lloyd death, held without bail

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

A police cruiser blocks the entrance to a landfill where Odin Lloyd's body was found. (USATSI)
It's been almost two weeks since Aaron Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd. On Monday, one of the two other suspects taken into custody was arraigned. Ernest Wallace, 41, was charged with being an accessory after the fact in the death of Lloyd. He pleaded not guilty and will be held without bail until a July 22 pre-trial hearing.

Wallace was taken into custody by authorities in Florida on June 28. He was returned to Massachusetts earlier this month, and was arraigned Monday.

The other suspect, 27-year-old Carlos Ortiz, was charged late last month with carrying an unlicensed firearm. Last week, the Boston Herald reported Ortiz was cooperating with authorities.

“Ortiz did confirm that he was with Aaron Hernandez on the night in question,” state trooper Michael Bates wrote in an affidavit filed in Wrentham District Court (via the Herald). “Ortiz then went on to explain that Hernandez has another address that not many people know about. Ortiz referred to this location as an apartment-style location, commonly referred to as a ‘flop house.' ”

That "flop house" was where authorities reportedly found a white hooded sweatshirt Hernandez was allegedly wearing the night Lloyd was shot to death.

Former Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone, now a private attorney not connected to the Hernandez case, told the Herald that Ortiz's cooperation could go a long way in helping to make the prosecution.

“If it is in fact shown that (Hernandez) was in the car leading up to and during the killing, then that type of witness would be huge,” Leone said. “From a defense perspective, it's obviously damaging. But the prosecution will need as much corroborating evidence as possible.”


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