Carlos Ortiz lawyers question polygraph examiner’s credentials

Carlos Ortiz
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Carlos Ortiz

Lawyers for Carlos Ortiz are demanding the resume of a Connecticut police officer who gave Ortiz a polygraph examination eight days after the death of Odin Lloyd in North Attleborough. Ortiz, former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, and another man are charged with participating in the killing of Lloyd.

In papers filed in Bristol Superior Court, Ortiz’s attorneys, John J. Connors and Michael Maloney, said their client was given a lie detector examination in Bristol, Conn., on June 25, 2013, by Scott Werner, a Bristol police officer.

“Several conclusions were drawn by Detective Scott Werner ‘based on his training and experience’ as a polygraph examiner,’’ the attorneys wrote.


To defend Ortiz against the murder charge, the lawyers said, they need Werner’s resume.

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“I don’t even know if this guy was really a polygraph examiner,’’ Connors said by phone.

“He [Ortiz] was taken and questioned . . . based on his being with Aaron Hernandez.’’

Ortiz, Hernandez, and the third man charged, Ernest Wallace, all have ties to Bristol, Conn.

The three are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lloyd, who was shot to death in an industrial park a short distance from Hernandez’s home on June 17.


Hernandez has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail at the Bristol County jail in Dartmouth.

Ortiz and Wallace, both of whom already faced lesser charges, are to be arraigned this month on murder charges in Bristol Superior Court in Fall River. Wallace is expected in the Fall River courthouse May 15, Ortiz on May 27, according to court records.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@