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Old 04-11-2014   #628
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Default Re: Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez to be Questioned

More than one way to skin a cat...

Two associates of Aaron Hernandez are indicted on murder charges

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Carlos Ortiz, 27, and Ernest Wallace, 41, were charged months ago as accessories after the fact in the slaying of Odin L. Lloyd, whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial yard near Hernandez’s North Attleborough home last June.

But on Friday, Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter’s office announced that a grand jury had handed up murder indictments against Ortiz and Wallace, both of Bristol, Conn. No explanation was given for the indictments, and Sutter’s spokesman declined further comment.
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Rosanna Cavallaro, a criminal law professor at Suffolk University and former assistant attorney general, said Friday that the new indictments do not necessarily mean plea deals are out of the question.

“Now that you’ve actually been indicted [for murder], that probably has a stronger coercive effect than the possibility [of a murder charge] looming, and not yet real,” said Cavallaro, who also practiced in the law office of renowned defense attorney Alan M. Dershowitz.

But Gerard T. Leone Jr., a former Middlesex district attorney now working in private practice at Nixon Peabody, said either man’s credibility could be questioned if they testified against Hernandez only after being indicted for murder.

He also said charging Ortiz and Wallace with the killing could make it easier to convince a jury to convict Hernandez for murder as a joint venturer.

“It’s a much more difficult case to have Hernandez as the sole person charged with murder,” he said. “You have no joint venture theory against people who are charged with different charges and not the murder. ... You can try to proceed if that’s your theory, but if you think about doubt and reasonable doubt, the optics alone are difficult.”

Cavallaro echoed those comments, saying that if only Hernandez was charged with murder, jurors “might be puzzled as to why he’s the one holding the bag, if all three of them were together.”
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