Ernest Wallace, the third suspect in the Odin Lloyd homicide case, turned himself into authorities in Florida on Friday, and agreed to return to Massachussetts to face a single count of accessory after the fact to murder.
Wallace had been characterized by Massachussetts police as armed and dangerous; his attorney claims Wallace was visiting his mother and other family members in Florida, when he saw on television that there was a warrant out for his arrest.
Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested on Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder in the execution-style killing of 27-year-old semipro football player Odin Lloyd.
27-year-old Carlos Ortiz, like Hernandez a native of Bristol, Connecticut, was arraigned Friday in Attleboro District Court on a single count of the unlawful carrying of a firearm. Ortiz was arrested and apparently lived at the Bristol home of Hernandez's uncle.
A silver Chrysler 300 believed to have been driven by Wallace was recovered at an apartment complex located about a mile from that same Bristol home.
Investigators believe Wallace and Ortiz were with Hernandez at the time of the killing, specifically placing the trio together in the silver Nissan Altima believed to have carried Lloyd to his place of death.
According to the Globe, the Patriots believed Hernandez was facing only an obstruction of justice charge when they decided to cut him on Wednesday, and were stunned by news of the murder count. The team has voided any remaining guarantees in his deal and is expected to try to recoup much of the bonus money they paid Hernandez last year as part of his $40M extension.
The attorney for Alexander Bradley, the Florida man who sued Hernandez for allegedly shooting him in the face, now alleges that Hernandez left Bradley to die in an industrial park, and he says Bradley had worked for Hernandez in the past. However, Bradley has yet to cooperate with police in the matter, so there is currently no criminal case.
The Pats are offering their fans a chance to exchange their Hernandez jerseys for those of other players next weekend at their team store.
With Hernandez gone and Rob Gronkowski recovering from back surgery, the Pats' tight end corps doesn't figure to be a tough bunch to handle.
Since Hernandez's arrest and release, New England's SB odds have dropped a bit in Vegas, while their Week 1 and Week 2 point spreads have narrowed.