The former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is fighting an uphill legal battle. A judge ordered that documents relating to the case be released to the public and has flooded the news with information about the case.
The records say Hernandez associate Carlos Ortiz told Massachusetts investigators that another man, Ernest Wallace, said Hernandez shot Lloyd in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough.
Ortiz told police that during the drive Hernandez told Lloyd that Lloyd had been “chilling” with people Hernandez had problems with, the documents say. But Ortiz told police the two men shook hands and the problem seemed smoothed over. However, the Altima soon stopped, and everyone but Ortiz got out to urinate, according to Ortiz’s account.
The witness told police he then heard gunshots before Hernandez and Wallace got back into the car without Lloyd and the car sped away.
Ortiz said he couldn’t see who fired the shots because it was dark. Back at Hernandez’s home, Ortiz said, Wallace asked him to get a small gun out from under the driver’s seat. Ortiz said he did and gave it to Hernandez once they were inside.
Ortiz told police Wallace said Hernandez shot Lloyd.
The gun used in the killing has not been found.
That paints him as the trigger man, which makes it harder for him to avoid a murder charge and pin it on one of his friends. Also, it’s possible that Odin Lloyd texted his sister that he was with Hernandez just minutes before he died.
But Carlos Ortiz is reportedly not cooperating with police and isn’t helping their case.