A Massachusetts grand jury has indicted Carlos Ortiz (left), 27, of Connecticut in the death of Odin Lloyd. Ortiz was indicted on a single count of accessory to murder after the fact. Ernest Wallace, another co-defendant, is also charged with being an accessory after the fact.
Aaron Hernandez was indicted for first-degree murder. At a bail reduction hearing for Wallace, prosecutors revealed a new theory. Bristol County prosecutors told the judge that Hernandez was the only one who got out of the car with Lloyd at the deserted industrial park on June 17th before Lloyd was allegedly shot, execution style, by Aaron Hernandez. Previously investigators, based upon what Ortiz allegedly told them, said that Wallace and Hernandez got out of the car with Lloyd before the shots were fired. Prosecutors say Ortiz has changed his story, something they are not worried about at trial.
“Initially Mr. Ortiz’s statement was Mr. Wallace got out of the car and now his statement is that Mr. Wallace stayed in the car,” District Attorney Sam Sutter said.
Ortiz’s lawyer, John Connors, pointed out to reporters that it isn’t uncommon for people to change their stories after or during interrogation, “Almost every case I’ve ever been involved in, the story changes…When a professional interrogation takes place, at the end of it sometimes you have trouble remembering your own name.”
“He’s a young guy who got caught up in a situation, and when all this came about, he was frightened and confused, as you can imagine anyone would be,” Connors said.
All have pleaded not guilty. At the bail hearing, the judge refused to reduce Wallace’s $500,000 bail. Prosecutors also revealed at the hearing that Hernandez allegedly made phone calls to Wallace after Lloyd’s body was discovered. Prosecutors also told the judge that Hernandez’s cousin, Tanya Singleton, drove Wallace to Georgia then allegedly bought him a bus ticket for Florida. Singleton has been charged with contempt of court for allegedly refusing to testify before a grand jury.
In another update, Aaron Hernandez’s fiancée has been indicted on perjury charges. A Massachusetts grand jury indicted 24-year-old Shayanna Jenkins for allegedly lying to investigators. Tanya Singleton’s charges were also amended, along with the contempt charge; she is now facing a charge of conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact.
Authorities allege that Jenkins and Singleton “have all made overt attempts to hide evidence, render assistance for the suspect to elude law enforcement, and to hinder and mislead this investigation.”