3 Suspects in Custody in Hernandez Murder Investigation - NECN

3 Suspects in Custody in Hernandez Murder Investigation



    Aaron Hernandez charged with murder of Odin Lloyd; authorities say Carlos Ortiz, Ernest Wallace are connected (Published Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014)

    (NECN: Josh Brogadir, North Attleboro, Mass.) - It's quiet in at Aaron Hernandez's home in North Attleboro, Mass. on Friday night after a flurry of activity these past two weeks, and doesn't appear anyone is in his house anymore, but it's been a busy 24-hour timeline with the investigation.

    The end of the second week of the investigation into the murder of Odin Lloyd, now three men are identified by authorities as having a role in the 27 year old Dorchester man's final hours.

    First, a silver Chrysler 300 with RI plates wanted by police was found in a Bristol, Conn. apartment complex.

    "I went last night and looked and matched the plates with the ones the Attleboro police had released," a woman who did not want to be identified told us.

    Through the night in North Attleboro, Boston detectives scoured Aaron Hernandez's home.

    Early in the morning, they left before Carlos Ortiz was waiving extradition to go from Connecticut to Massachusetts.

    People in Bristol defended him.

    "He's just humble. An ordinary person, that's it," said one person.

    "Carlos is a dad. All he does is talk about his kids," said another.

    Soon after, a third man from Bristol, Conn., Ernest Wallace, was wanted as an accessory to Lloyd's murder after the fact, and arrived at the Miramar, Fla. police dept near Miami.

    "1:20 p.m., he walked in, turned himself in, told an officer he was Ernest Wallace and he had seen news reports and wanted to turn himself in," said Tania Rues, of the Miramar Police Department.

    Not long after, back in Massachusetts, Ortiz arrived at Attleboro District Court, pleaded not guilty to one count of carrying a weapon without a license on June 17 at Hernandez's home.

    His bail hearing was set for July 9. He was then taken to the Norfolk County House of Correction.

    "He struck me as being a gentle person who is confused as to how he's in this situation," said Ortiz's court appointed  lawyer John Connors.

    And then, late afternoon, Ernest Wallace was brought inside the Broward County Jail in Florida.

    After a long day and an even longer two weeks, Bristol County investigators say these are three critical pieces to solving this case.

    "We now have in custody three individuals who are in the silver Nissan Altima at the time that Odin Lloyd got into the car at approximately 2:30, the morning of Monday, June 17," said Bristol County, MA District Attorney Sam Sutter.

    And another potentially explosive piece, that July 2012 double murder in Boston, sources saying Hernandez might be connected.

    The same Boston police detective who was on Shawmut Avenue that night was at Hernandez's home Friday morning.