BRISTOL, Conn. (CBS/AP) — A man arrested in Connecticut in connection with the Aaron Hernandez murder case was arraigned in Massachusetts Friday, as investigators found a third man they had been searching for.
A judge in Bristol on Friday ordered Carlos Ortiz turned over to Massachusetts authorities.
New Britain State’s attorney said investigators arrested Ortiz, 27, in Bristol on Wednesday as part of the inquiry into the murder of Odin Lloyd, 27, of Dorchester on June 17.
Hernandez is charged with murder in the shooting of Lloyd near Hernandez’s home in North Attleboro. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.
Ortiz was charged in Connecticut as a fugitive from justice. His public defender, Alfonzo Sirica, declined to comment about the case.
At Ortiz’s court hearing in Bristol on Friday, there was no mention of any other allegations against him, no reference to Hernandez and no discussion of Lloyd’s homicide.
It remained unclear if Ortiz was one of the two friends whom authorities say were with Hernandez when Lloyd was shot to death.
A friend and a relative of Ortiz said outside the courthouse that they were surprised by his arrest. They said Ortiz is the devoted father of two girls and a boy, all under the age of 9. Ortiz was unemployed recently, but previously worked a long time at a Savers clothing store, they said.
They also said they couldn’t believe Ortiz could be part of a murder.
“He’s not that type of person. He has a good heart,” said friend Milton Montesdeoca, 24, of Bristol, who added he didn’t know Hernandez and never heard Ortiz talk about the football star.
Also Friday, Massachusetts State Police announced the arrest of Ernest Wallace in Florida, who was wanted on a charge of acting as an accessory after Lloyd’s murder.
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