Carlos Ortiz’s lawyer said Thursday that his client was just “along for the ride.”  Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez is charged with the murder of a friend of his, Odin Lloyd.  Prosecutors have also charged Carlos Ortiz and another man as accessories.

Defense Attorney John Connors told reporters that his client went out that night with Hernandez because he was starstruck by the “superstar”.  Connors compared it to being asked by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and called Hernandez the “hometown hero” of Bristol, Connecticut where both Hernandez and Ortiz are from.

“The night didn’t turn out the way it should have,” Connors told reporters, “He happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Whatever went on, he had no part in it.”

Ortiz has pled not guilty to the charge of accessory to murder after the fact.  He is currently being held on $500,000 cash bail.  Hernandez has pled not guilty to murder charges.  Lloyd, 27, was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend, Shayanna Jenkins, who is charged with perjury in connection with her grand jury testimony in the case.

Connors told the judge that he will need through February to go through the evidence provided by the state.  More discovery is expected to be given to the defense soon, according to William McCauley the lead prosecutor.  McCauley will also give the defense a bill of particulars, which describes how they believe that Ortiz assisted Hernandez after the alleged murder.

Ortiz originally told authorities that Hernandez and Ernest Wallace, also charged as an accessory, got out of the car before Lloyd was shot.  He later said that only Hernandez and Lloyd got out.  Connors pointed out that after extensive questioning, it isn’t “unusual that things conflict.”


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