Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial: Carlos Ortiz Makes Plea Deal in Odin Lloyd Killing
Carlos Ortiz, a co-defendant in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial, pleaded guilty of helping the former New England Patriots tight end after killing Odin L. Lloyd in June 2013. Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh sentenced Ortiz to up to seven years of imprisonment.Advertisement
“When we got to the spot, the only two people that got out of the car was Aaron Hernandez and Odin Lloyd,” Ortiz told the Bristol Superior Court, as quoted by the Boston Herald. “The only one person that came in was Aaron Hernandez.” He added that they head a gun shot.
John J. Connors, Ortiz’s defense attorney, said that he had been saying it for the past three years that his client was there for a ride and got caught up in the incident. “He didn’t know what to do,” he said.
The NFL player murdered Lloyd, who was dating his fiancé’s sister at that time, by shooting him five times at point blank range. The intention behind the murder is still not clear. Hernandez is serving life sentence without parole, though it was reported that he intended to appeal for it.
On the night of the murder, Hernandez was accompanied by Ortiz and Ernest Wallace. Surveillance camera footage presented before the court by the prosecutors showed the three men traveling to Boston together and then returning to North Attleborough Industrial Park near Hernandez’ home after picking up Lloyd, the CBS News reported.
While the Lloyd case is now almost settled, the former Patriots superstar is facing more charges, including a double-murder case. It was recently reported that Florida attorney Jose Baez and his team of legal and forensic experts will be representing the NFL star, the prime accused in the Aaron Hernadez murder trial.
“I can now confirm that my firm has been retained to represent Mr. Aaron Hernandez in his upcoming trial,’’ the Boston Globe quoted a statement by Baez. “Mr. Hernandez strongly maintains his innocence, and I plan to establish that before a jury of his peers. I have fully committed myself to ensuring a fair and just trial for Mr. Hernandez.’’