3rd Suspect in Aaron Hernandez Case Captured in Florida

A second suspect was arraigned Friday and a third arrested, after former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder in the killing of Odin Lloyd

By LeAnne Gendreau
|  Saturday, Jun 29, 2013  |  Updated 7:43 AM PDT
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Ernest Wallace was arrested on Friday in Miramar on a warrant in connection to the killing of Odin Lloyd. Ernest Wallace, 41, turned himself in to police at 1:20 p.m. without incident, and his attorney faxed in a letter to police saying he was invoking his right to counsel, said Officer Maria Strickland. Massachusetts investigators were in Miramar when he turned himself in because the two agencies had been working on the case together for several days.

Ernest Wallace was arrested on Friday in Miramar on a warrant in connection to the killing of Odin Lloyd. Ernest Wallace, 41, turned himself in to police at 1:20 p.m. without incident, and his attorney faxed in a letter to police saying he was invoking his right to counsel, said Officer Maria Strickland. Massachusetts investigators were in Miramar when he turned himself in because the two agencies had been working on the case together for several days.

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Police were back at the Bristol, Conn., home of the former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's uncle Friday evening, investigating the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez has been charged with murder in the case, while another suspect was arraigned Friday and a third arrested.

Friday evening, an SUV was towed from the home, the same address where suspect Ernest Wallace, who was arrested Friday in Florida, had been staying.

Wallace, 41, turned himself into police in Miramar, Fla., without incident at 1:22 p.m., police said, after he said he saw his name in news reports and knew there was a warrant for his arrest.

His attorney faxed in a letter to police saying he was invoking his right to counsel, said Officer Maria Strickland. WHDH reported that Wallace was then being turned over to Massachusetts State Police.

 

He is currently in the custody of law enforcement authorities in Miramar, FL and will face charges in Massachusetts upon his transfer to the Commonwealth.

 

Two other people have already been arrested in the case, including Hernandez, who has been charged with murder.

The other suspect, Carlos Ortiz, 27, also of Bristol, was arraigned in a Massachusetts courtroom Friday.

Ortiz was charged in Connecticut as a fugitive from justice on Wednesday and appeared in Superior Court in Bristol, where he waived extradition to Massachusetts, according to the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of New Britain.

He was turned over to Massachusetts authorities at 11:20 a.m. Friday and was driven to the North Attleboro, Mass., police station where he was processed. He was arraigned in Attleboro court a short time later.

Ortiz has been charged with carrying a firearm without a license. He is currently being held without bail. 

Outside court in Bristol, Ortiz's friends said he would not be involved in anything bad, and his cousin called the arrest a shock.

After the arraignment, District Attorney Sutter said that he believes that the three people in the silver Nissan Altima when Odin Lloyd entered it, are in custody.

Wallace's capture Friday came a day after authorities had first issued an alert and wanted poster for him, saying he was considered armed and dangerous. On Friday, police issued a new photo and wanted posted that mentioned special attention to Connecticut, Georgia, Florida and Massachusetts.

Minutes later, Massachusetts State Police said via Twitter that he had been captured in Miramar.

Officer Strickland said that police know Wallace has a local address in Florida. Wallace also told police that he saw himself on the news and turned himself in because he didn't know what was going on, Strickland said. He saw his name and he knew he had a warrant, she said.

Wallace was wanted for accessory after the fact to the murder of Lloyd, a semi-professional football, near Hernandez's Massachusetts home, according to police.

Prosecutors said Lloyd died in an execution-style killing.

Hernandez was arrested on Wednesday, and the Patriots released him that day. On Thursday, he was denied bail and his lawyer said he wants to clear his name.

On Friday, the New England Patriots also announced a free jersey exchange for #81 Hernandez shirts.

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.

North Attleboro police confirm that Wallace's last-known address is 114 Lake Ave. in Bristol, a house listed as the home of Hernandez's uncle. Police searched the home on Wednesday.

State police had been looking for a silver or gray 2012 Chrysler 300 with Rhode Island license plates 451-375 that Wallace was seen driving.

North Attleboro police said the car was found, but there was no sign of Wallace. Police have not said where the car was found.

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