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Hernandez associate pleads not guilty in murder case

$500,000 bail in accessory case

FALL RIVER — A key figure in the murder case against former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of being an accessory after the fact of a slaying, which authorities say was orchestrated by the star athlete.

Ernest Wallace, 41, replied, “Not guilty, your honor,” in a quiet but firm voice when asked how he pleaded to the charge during a brief arraignment in Bristol Superior Court.

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