Carlos Ortiz pleads not guilty to murder in killing of Odin Lloyd

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May 27, 2014, 5:30 am
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An associate of ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with the killing of Odin Lloyd and was ordered held without bail.

A pre-trial conference is set for Sept. 24.

This arraignment came after Hernandez was also charged with Lloyd's murder. Another former Hernandez associate, Ernest Wallace, has also been charged with murder in connection with the semi-pro football player's killing.

Ortiz, 27, and Wallace, 45, were indicted last month over the June 2013 shooting of Lloyd in the North Attleboro Industrial Park, one mile from Hernandez's home. Ortiz and Wallace were previously charged with accessory to murder after the fact, and both were held on $500,000 cash bail.

Prosecutors say Aaron Hernandez planned Lloyd's murder after a disagreement the two men had a few nights earlier at a Boston nightclub.

The prosecution says Hernandez, Ortiz and Wallace met at Hernandez's North Attleboro home on June 17, 2013. They then picked up Lloyd in Dorchester and drove to the industrial park where Lloyd's body was later found. Lloyd had been shot five times with a .45-caliber handgun, a gun which has never been found.

Hernandez will be arraigned at Suffolk Superior Court Wednesday on murder charges in the shooting deaths of two men in Boston in July 2012.
    
In the shooting, Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado were killed and a third man was wounded.

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