Skip to comments.3rd man held in Aaron Hernandez murder probe; Puma drops NFL star
Posted on 06/28/2013 1:26:26 PM PDT by Red Badger
A third man was in custody Friday in Florida in an expanding murder investigation swirling around Aaron Hernandez, the star NFL tight end accused of orchestrating the shooting death of a friend.
Ernest Wallace, 41, known as Fish, turned himself in in the Miami suburb of Miramar, police said. Massachusetts police had said they were seeking him as an accessory after murder, and that he was considered armed and dangerous. They were on their way to Florida to pick him up, NBC affiliate WHDH in Boston reported.
Hernandez, an All-Pro who was released by the New England Patriots after his arrest earlier this week, is charged with first-degree murder in the execution of the friend, Odin Lloyd. He was denied a second request for bail Thursday. Advertise | AdChoices
Sources told NBC News that he was being investigated in another case the drive-by killings of two men in Boston last year. The men were shot to death in an SUV after leaving a nightclub.
Hernandez, who is being held in a Massachusetts jail, lost a second endorsement deal Thursday. The Puma sportswear company, which signed Hernandez to a two-year deal in April, told CNBC it was ending the relationship in light of the current situation. CytoSport, maker of the Muscle Milk supplement drink, dropped Hernandez as a pitchman last week.
Authorities have said Hernandez took part in Lloyds killing in the early hours of June 17 after summoning two friends from out of state. Lloyds body was found in an industrial park near Hernandezs home in North Attleborough, Mass. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.
Connecticut authorities said Thursday that they had charged another man in connection with Lloyds killing Carlos Ortiz of Bristol, the city where Hernandez grew up. He was charged as a fugitive and agreed to return to Massachusetts, authorities said.
Authorities have not spelled out the connection they believe Wallace and Ortiz have to the killing. They have said Lloyd was killed by two shots fired from someone standing above him, but they have not said who they believe pulled the trigger.
Ortiz was being held on $1.5 million bail. His public defender declined comment on Thursday.
Prosecutors say that text messages including from Lloyd to his sister when he was worried about his safety and surveillance video are part of their case against Hernandez. The judge who denied his second request for bail, Renee Dupuis of Superior Court in Fall River, described the states case as circumstantial but very, very strong.
Prosecutors said they had uncovered four new pieces of evidence in less than 24 hours after searching a condo leased by Hernandez. They said they had found ammunition, a clip and a picture of Hernandez with a Glock handgun.
William McCauley, an assistant district attorney, also said that Hernandez had interfered with the investigation by home surveillance-camera video and instructing his girlfriend not to talk to investigators.
The evidence of his guilt is overwhelming, prosecutor William McCauley said.
Hernandezs lawyers argued that he deserved bail because of his upstanding character and clean record, and because he was not a risk to flee. They noted that he stayed put last week, when rumors circulated that Hernandez was about to be arrested.
Massachusetts State Police Photo: Ernest Wallace
I wonder what part steroids and other PHDs play in things like this.
Can’t understand why Puma dropped him.
It’s not like he used the N-word.
Patriots Pro Shop have a Buy Back program for his game jerseys!
Its not like he used the N-word.
Indeed, it can't possibly be THAT bad.
AH pulling down 40 large salary with the Pats plus all those lucrative endorsements now down the crapper. Then that hammerhead goes off on a ghetto gutter killing for revenge. What an estupido putz grande. Just because this thug had a little talent catching a football from future HOF QB Tom Brady. Pretty darn bizarre.
So next weekend at the Pats Pro Shop at Gillette Stadium anyone who bought a Hernandez Jersey there or at the Pats online store can exchange that Jersey for another Jersey of comparable cost.
Last Year Hernandez’s Jersey was the 4th most popular behind Gronk, Brady and Welker.
Good gesture by the Kraft family.
Mensa meeting in North Attleboro that night.
What frigging planet did these three morons come from?
Which ever of the two talks first gets the deal..that’s why he turned himself in..
This crime redefines the entire Darwin theory.
I've always been in favor of capital punishment, but for this guy, I think that live without parole would be worse..
“He had it all, $$, fame, freedom, women booze drugs, meals..entertainment , strippers....whatever he wanted, whenever..now..he’s locked down in a 7x10 cell....”
I’ve often wondered how Rae Carruth manages to stay sane every football sunday before retiring into his 7x10 foot cell.
Another one that had it all....
Haven’t heard WHAT the MOTIVE was for the Murder Hernandez allegedly committed.
my guess...and don’t quote me is that Odin was pissed off at AH and started mouthing off about what he knew about the double murder that happened last year and maybe who the trigger man was..And Tony Montana Hernandez had to shut him up quick....
I know exactly what MA county pre-trial jail is like.
Hodgson told it exactly how it is...Even to the fact that Thursday morning is hard boiled egg day.
No tv, no radio....Hernandez is stuck in medical for a while.
23 hours a day alone....with nothing but a book if you are lucky.
Then he will most likely spend time in segregation with the homos and other assorted freaks.
believe it or not those segragated freaks have the most freedom in MA county jails.
Eventually Arron will end up in Walpole Prison Via Shirley.
There he’s allowed a small Television in his cell to watch until the day he dies.......on OUR tax dollar.
Like what Howie Carr says: Two in the hat!
Are the Oakland Raiders going to pick up Hernandez’ contract?
I know, sick humor.
Latest speculation is that Hernandez is involved in the 2012 double homicide...they’re looking hard at it now. Supposedly the guy he just killed knew about it, and was talking about it..so Hernandez had to shut him up. One FOX sports columnist is convinced that drugs are involved..just because..