ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Remember whenever Aaron Hernandez was pushed to the floor in the foyer of his mansion, cuffed as well as dragged into the avenue in front of tv cameras, charged along with murder as well as arraigned?
Since that stunning time, oh, how we all have belittled the company he stored.
He is a wanna-be thug with all the ink of a gang-banger but none of the avenue cred, we stated — a guy with a $40 million agreement who, truth be told, probably wanted to be marketing contracts instead.
We all ripped him for his inner circle, a ragtag variety of Einsteins whose the majority of brilliant plan to outsmart cops has been using a rental car – but , naturally , leaving the actual keys in the victim’s pocket.
These guys couldn’t mean CSI if you noticed them the “C” as well as the “S. ”
When we all criticize Hernandez for dangling with goons instead of Gronk, for chilling with buffoons instead of Brady, recognize this: Those exact same characters might help him or her beat this murder rap – and any other charges as well as indictments that likely are coming down soon.
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While part of it had been show, Hernandez’s defense attorneys acted Thursday such as LeBron James, taken down on a breakaway layup. These people came to court hoping the small-town prosecutors might forget to have an indictment as well as Hernandez’s attorneys can have to take a box cutter in order to sworn statements and research warrant affidavits.
“Defense advice was looking towards testing the actual Commonwealth’s evidence, something which has not been completed date, ” Hernandez attorney Michael Fee said. “We were looking towards cross-examining witnesses and their credibility. ”
I’m not sure whether then he scratched his face or wiped away be excited about.
Due to the fact for all those surveillance cameras that stalked the actual Hernandez crew to Birkenstock boston and back, for all the sms and telephone calls and bubblegum DNA that point to the former Gambling star getting involved in the murder of his friend Odin Lloyd, prosecutors still don’t have the murder weapon or an eye see.
And also the one guy who has been chirping, supposed accomplice Carlos Ortiz, is a cross-examination crash dummy.
He is a petty criminal and a thief as well as window-breaker who loves to slap around his girlfriends, knock all of them up and stiff all of them for child support. Oh yea, and a week before the shooting he admitted to his probation official that he has been doping up with cannabis, cocaine as well as PCP, according to police. And just to prove it, he peed dirty.
Therefore , just days after a stoned Ortiz has been probably seeing The president dance the actual Macarena in a foot pajamas, having been trying to tell cops what he noticed in the early-morning night of an abandoned industrial playground.
Does he sound like a credible see – especially as he stands most abundant in minor cost, a Let’s-Make-A-Deal unlawful possession of a gun?
Or a guy that will say everything to save himself?
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Hernandez as well as Wallace happen to be indicted, however Ortiz, now called “the snitch” in Bristol, has not. And although he’s pocket-lint shattered, Ortiz was connected using the Perry Mason regarding public defenders, probably a perk for speaking.
Hernandez’s group of million-dollar attorneys is going to be playing rock-scissors-paper for months to win the chance to cross-examine Ortiz sometime in 2015.
The particular Hernandez camp looks at it this way: If you are accused of murder and you could select the double-crossing rat, Ortiz will be the guy, because he’d probably come to court on a stolen bicycle.
Remember, too, that when Ortiz premoere appearance before a assess after being hauled from your Bristol home regarding Hernandez’s uncle, he wept at his extradition hearing. Matlock probably might make this person recant to the stand before the first TV ad.
Do prosecutors want to bet their case on him or her?
Okay, then how about Ernest Wallace, who was indicted Thursday for being an accessory following the fact? Wallace is really a career criminal, who already has done short stretches within. The seven years he’s looking at probably won’t be enough to have him turn on the guy who has been his food ticket – and certain is paying for Wallace’s high-priced protection lawyer. Hernandez, after all, delivered Wallace to New Britain, put him up in a condo, took him or her clubbing, rented cars for him and slipped him money.
It was Wallace’s dream job – muscle for an NFL celebrity.
While he left the courtroom after his arraignment in Attleboro, Wallace mouthed “I’m innocent” into a female supporter. Apparently, that’s about as loud as he cares to say it.
Therefore , he isn’t going to be any help to prosecutors.
Hernandez’s relative, Tanya Cummings-Singleton, does not appear as if she wants to be Witness before next payoff, possibly. Prosecutors gave your ex immunity and she still isn’t talking, based on the ag. When they offered a proposal, she told investigators to take a leap into a Bristol lake (where they missed the actual gun). She selected loyalty, one hour a day in the yard and 3 squares — indefinitely.
There’s also Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez’s fiancée as well as mother of his kid. Prosecutors say she started lying from your get-go, informing them she went to bed early that night and didn’t understand where Hernandez went or with whom. But , investigators say, she is shown on the surveillance movie, welcoming Wallace as well as Ortiz to the house when they reached pick up your ex man and take Lloyd for his last drive.
Prosecutors additionally believe she ditched the actual murder weapon (a. 45 quality Glock that was not found) along with a. 22 quality weapon that was recovered near Hernandez’s home as well as appeared to be “recently discarded. ” Ortiz as well as Wallace were seen on surveillance footage carrying an identical gun, that Ortiz called a “deuce deuce” in order to law enforcement.
Prior to it’s all over, you wonder if the Hernandez child is going to be mailing crayon drawings to both mother and father, c/o of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for a extend.
And look at the buddies/victims: There’s no evidence that Lloyd was a bad guy, however Jenkins labeled him a drug dealer from your minute cops described his death. The particular defense might put his reputation on test.
Alexander Bradley, one more former friend, states Hernandez shot him in the eye in Florida during an argument in the car following the two got partied at a strip club in February. He’s a found guilty drug dealer who first told police he did not know who shot him or her, then said hello was two men altså, black and Hispanic.
Bradley provides filed case, but could end up as more legal road kill for Hernandez’s attorneys.
Therefore , say what you need regarding Hernandez, an excellent it comes to household confidants, close friends, former friends as well as fiancées, he certain knows how to pick ’em.
And also, in the end, it just might help him or her get off.
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