Prosecutors are seeking to obtain copies of jailhouse recordings in which former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez allegedly discussed the June 17 slaying of Odin Lloyd and used a code to communicate with people outside prison, according to court filing Thursday.
Meanwhile, a separate document filed Friday by Hernandez’s defense team suggests that Carlos Ortiz, a friend of Hernandez who was once thought to be a potential star witness in the case, may not play a role in the prosecution of the former NFL star.
As they continue to build a case, prosecutors have turned their focus to jailhouse recordings of phone calls Hernandez has made to his fiancee and to one of his cousins, as well as visitor logs that show who he has seen since being incarcerated.
Prosecutors said Hernandez’s visitors include his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, and a cousin, Tanya Cummings Singleton, both of whom also face charges in the Lloyd homicide investigation.
“Both of these codefendants have been charged as accessories in the underlying offense of murder on the theory that they provided assistance to the defendant after the commission of that offense,’’ Assistant Bristol District Attorney Roger L Michel Jr. wrote in an affidavit supporting the request for tapes and records.
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