New disclosures and witness statements emerging in the murder case against Aaron Hernandez leave the former New England Patriot with dwindling options for a defense strategy against charges that could keep him locked up for life, legal specialists say.
Statements from one of the men allegedly with Hernandez the night Dorchester’s Odin Lloyd was killed provide for the first time a first-hand account, though hazy and potentially self-serving, of what happened in the North Attleborough industrial park where Lloyd was shot in an execution-style slaying.
Carlos Ortiz’s version of the June 17 shooting, contained in court documents released in Florida this week, appears to corroborate security camera footage allegedly showing Hernandez, Ortiz, and another man, Ernest Wallace, picking up Lloyd in Boston and then driving him to the industrial park where he was killed. Ortiz says he then heard, but did not see, the fatal shots.
“I don’t think Hernandez can say he doesn’t know Lloyd or he wasn’t in the car,” said Boston criminal defense lawyer Stephen J. Weymouth, commenting on potential defense strategies. “He can point the finger at either Wallace or Ortiz and say the two of them did it completely on their own and he had nothing to do with it.
“That’s about all he’s got at this point.”
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