Carlos Ortiz, a one-time friend of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, is due back in a Fall River courthouse on May 27 to be arraigned on a first-degree murder charge in the slaying of Odin L. Lloyd last year.
Ortiz, 28, initially only faced illegal gun charges from Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter’s office in the killing of Lloyd in North Attleborough last June. But last month, Sutter’s office obtained an indictment alleging that Ortiz was involved in the killing of Lloyd.
Hernandez, whose case has drawn widespread media attention, previously pleaded not guilty to charges that he murdered Lloyd. He has been held without bail at the Bristol County jail since his arrest last year.
He is also facing a new set of charges stemming from an altercation with another pretrial detainee Feb. 25 and for making threats on Nov. 1, 2013 at the Dartmouth facility. He has not been arraigned on this new set of charges.
Another Hernandez associate, Ernest Wallace, is also due in Bristol Superior Court in Fall River to face a charge of first-degree murder, but an arraignment date has not yet been set.
Hernandez, Ortiz, and Wallace allegedly picked up Lloyd at his Dorchester home early on June 17 and drove him to a North Attleborough industrial park, where Lloyd, 27, was shot multiple times in what prosecutors have called an execution.
Like Ortiz, the 48-year-old Wallace initially faced lesser charges. He was indicted for first-degree murder on the same day as Ortiz.
Attorneys for both Ortiz and Wallace have insisted they are wrongly accused.John R. Ellement can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.