Staff and wire reviews 6: nineteen p. m. EDT September 27, 2013
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A statement, released by Bristol County (Mass. ) district attorney’s office, did not provide any information about the basis for the criminal costs against Ortiz or the women.
Prosecutors say Jenkins — who has a child with Hernandez — started lying from the get-go, informing them she went to bed early on the night of the shooting and did not know where Hernandez went or even with whom.
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But , investigators say, she is shown around the surveillance video, welcoming Ernest Wallace, whom prosecutors have called Hernandez’s “right-hand man, ” and Ortiz to the house when they came to grab Hernandez and take Lloyd to get his last ride.
While investigators were talking to Jenkins only hours after the body had been found, she received a mobile phone call from Hernandez, who instructed her to stop talking, police said.
Prosecutors also believe Jenkins ditched the murder tool (a. 45-caliber Glock that hasn’t been found) and a. 22-caliber weapon that was recovered near Hernandez’s home. When found, the. 22-caliber handgun seemed to have been “recently discarded, ” prosecutors said.
Ortiz and Wallace are seen on home security footage carrying a similar gun, which Ortiz called a “deuce deuce” to police.
A message was left for Jenkins’ lawyer.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Lloyd’s death and is being held without bail. Prosecutors have ceased short of saying Hernandez pulled the particular trigger, instead alleging he “orchestrated” the execution-style shooting.
The indictment of Ortiz, that originally pleaded not guilty to illegal possession of a firearm, was expected, Ortiz attorney John Connors said. Bail has not been set for Ortiz, who will plead not guilty, Connors said. Prosecutors said the weapons charge had been dropped.
Ortiz had been shaping up as the superstar witness, but he now is wavering on his account of the shooting, prosecutors said. According to affidavits, Ortiz formerly told authorities that Hernandez and Wallace got out of a rental vehicle with Lloyd in the industrial recreation area to urinate.
Ortiz said he remained in the vehicle and heard shots but could hardly see who had fired them because of the early-morning darkness.
But now, Ortiz “does not think” Wallace got out of the vehicle with Hernandez and Lloyd, assistant district attorney Patrick Bomberg said during a bail hearing for Wallace on Thursday.
Wallace, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge of item after the fact, is being held on $500, 000 bail after the hearing.
Prosecutors said Singleton, already incarcerated for refusing to testify to the grand jury whilst awarded immunity, was indicted on the new charge of conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact.
Investigators say Singleton, told about the shooting the next day by Ortiz, helped Wallace flee to Sarasota by purchasing a bus ticket to get him.
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