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(NECN/AP: Josh Brogadir) - A Connecticut man arrested in connection with the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to a Massachusetts firearms charge.
Twenty-seven-year-old Carlos Ortiz appeared Friday in North Attleborough court. He has been ordered held without bail for three days, pending a hearing on that. Ortiz was taken to the Norfolk House of Corrections. He's expected back in court for a July 9 hearing. He's currently only facing one charge in Mass., possession of a firearm without a license.
The court appearance stems from that weapons charge from North Attleboro, Mass., not from Connecticut. He does have a rap sheet in Connecticut, however. The weapons charge was dated back to June 17. We do know that June 17, that Monday morning, was the day that Odin Lloyd was killed. In the paperwork, however, it does not connect Ortiz in any way to Odin Lloyd. It only connects him to North Attleboro, Mass. on Monday, June 17.
Before the arraignment, Ortiz's attorney, John Connors, said he spoke to his client for the first time Friday when he was returned from Connecticut. Ortiz was arrested Wednesday.
Connors declined to comment when asked whether Ortiz was cooperating with authorities and what he knows about the killing of Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
Connors said he doesn't know the details of his client's relationship with Hernandez except that both are from Bristol, Conn.
This was the 27-year-old’s second court appearance of the day. Earlier, he was in a Connecticut courtroom. He was charged as a fugitive from justice. Ortiz was arrested in Bristol on Wednesday.
During his Connecticut court appearance, there was no mention of Hernandez or Odin Lloyd's murder.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in Lloyd's slaying.
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