Aaron Hernandez Accomplice Carlos Ortiz Labeled Rat In Bristol Home Neighborhood For Snitching, Will Be Star Witness In Odin Lloyd Murder Trial

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Jul 16, 2013 11:21 AM EDT
Carlos Ortiz
Carlos Ortiz is an accomplice in the murder of Odin Lloyd and an associate of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. He was arrested and now is in jail on June 27, 2013."

The Aaron Hernandez murder case has been moving along through the summer and after the star was arrested and charged with murder, more information came about the night of the crime, including that Carlos Ortiz was with the tight end when the shooting of Odin Lloyd occurred.

According to NESN.com and USA Today, Ortiz is expected to be the star witness in the trial of Aaron Hernandez and it is his information that links the tight end to the murder. Reports say that Ortiz has been working with the authorities and he told the police that another man, Ernest Wallace, said he was with Hernandez and that the tight end admitted to him that he killed Lloyd. Ortiz has been called a "rat" by people in his hometown of Bristol for snitching and he may not be able to return safely.

In USA Today, a man from the neighborhood said that Ortiz could come back, but that it could be hard for him now that he is seen as a rat and snitch. Another person said that Ortiz should have said he didn't know anything and the report says that Ortiz, nicknamed Charlie Boy, sometimes would sleep on people's couches and fathered a son in Bristol. Ortiz will be used to testify most likely in the trial, although the defense will try and fight his credibility as a witness due to past crimes and other drug issues.

The 27-year-old Lloyd was murdered on June 17 and Hernandez was taken into custody the following week and charged with first degree murder. The former Patriots tight end could be facing life in prison for the crime and he will likely face a trial next year. Hernandez was denied bail twice in the case and he may have one more chance later in the summer to get out, but that is unlikely. Hernandez has been painted as the orchestrator of the execution and he was tied to the murder through shell casings and other evidence that the defense calls circumstantial.

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