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.
He was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail pending a hearing Sept. 26, when his lawyers may seek a bail reduction.
His lead attorney, David Meier, said in court that he wanted to view the minutes of grand jury proceedings that led to Wallace’s indictment.
The minutes were later turned over to the defense, District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter said outside court.
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