Trial dates scheduled for Hernandez associates

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Aaron Hernandez’s alleged accomplices in the murder of Odin Lloyd appeared in court together Friday, however the judge ruled the two men will be tried separately.

Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz have been behind bars since their arrests two years ago. Both pleaded not guilty to murder charges in Lloyd’s death.

Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player, was found shot to death in a North Attleboro industrial park in June 2013. Hernandez, a former member of the New England Patriots, was found guilty of the murder in April and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

On Friday, a tentative trial date for Wallace has been set for February 2016, while Ortiz was tentatively scheduled for mid-May 2016. Prosecutors expect Wallace’s trial will last six to eight weeks and Ortiz’s four to six weeks.

All evidence in the case was handed over to the defense counsel.

The judge also heard a motion Friday to suppress evidence gathered during police interviews with Ortiz. John Moran from the Massachusetts State Police said he spoke with Ortiz for hours days after Lloyd was killed. “He seemed relaxed, clear, engaged in conversation,” Moran said.

But according to Ortiz’s attorney, the interview was improper.

The hearing on the motion will continue Tuesday afternoon.

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