Aaron Hernandez is currently in jail awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd. And Hernandez told Ernest Wallace -- who is also in custody as part of the investigation -- that he shot Lloyd, according to court documents attributing that allegation to the third man charged in the case, Carlos Ortiz.
While the prosecution might consider Ortiz, 27, an integral witness, it wouldn't be surprising if the defense tries to show that he was a drug abuser with an extensive criminal record.
Ortiz has previously been convicted of larceny, assault, criminal mischief and interfering with an officer. According to an affidavit obtained by USAToday.com, police say Ortiz told his probation officer on May 21 -- a month before Lloyd's death -- "that he was abusing PCP, alcohol and THC daily." He was ordered to an in-patient treatment drug-abuse program but missed an appointment two days later, and he used a variety of excuses to duck treatment over the next month.
On Tuesday, a Massachusetts judge made public documents surrounding the case. These documents showed that Ortiz, who has been charged with carrying an unlicensed firearm in the Lloyd case, offered details into exactly how Lloyd died.
Ortiz told authorities that although he was with Hernandez and Wallace on the night of the shooting, he wasn't present when Lloyd was shot. As Ortiz explained it, the men made a brief stop on the way home so that Lloyd, Hernandez and Wallace could get out of the car and urinate while Ortiz stayed in the vehicle.
Ortiz then heard a gunshot, which was followed by Hernandez and Wallace returning to the car without Lloyd. At some point after the gunshot, Ortiz said, Wallace told Ortiz that Hernandez admitted to shooting Lloyd.