One of the biggest areas of confusion regarding the Odin Lloyd murder case has been clarified.
With prosecutors alleging that three men were with Lloyd in the car that drove him to the spot of his death and with three men now in custody, it seems on the surface that the three men allegedly in the car are the same three men who have been arrested.
Previously, prosecutors had said that the three men who were in the car are in custody, without expressly identifying the three men in the car as Aaron Hernandez, Carlos Ortiz, and Ernest Wallace. On Sunday, a spokesperson for Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter reiterated the general point.
“[H]is investigative team now believe that the three people in the silver Nissan Altima when Odin Lloyd entered it, are in custody,” Yasmina Serdarevic said, via ABC News.
This creates the impression that the three men in the car who are in custody are the same three men whose names have been publicly released: Hernandez, Ortiz, and Wallace. But prosecutors have, to our knowledge, never declared that Ortiz and Wallace are the other two men who were with Hernandez and Lloyd in the moments before Lloyd’s death.
And this continues to make us (or at least me) think there’s another person in custody whose name we don’t know. A person who supplied prosecutors with information about the things Hernandez allegedly said to Lloyd about not being able to “trust” anyone, as prosecutor Bill McCauley said Wednesday in court. A person who also has provided evidence linking Hernandez to an 11-month -old double murder that has gone from cold to hot faster than a toddler tearing through an Easter egg hunt.
Wallace, who turned himself in on Friday, was wanted on charges of being an accessory after the fact. If he were summoned by Hernandez to come from Connecticut to Massachusetts and rode in the car that retrieved Lloyd from his home and had some sort of a role in the execution allegedly orchestrated by Hernandez (or at a minimum did nothing to voice an objection), Wallace also would be an accessory before the fact. And he would likely be charged directly with murder.
Maybe I’m overthinking it. (As usual.) Or maybe there’s someone whose identity is being protected for now who was in the car and who has suppled prosecutors with key information about the things Hernandez said to Lloyd, regarding Hernandez’s possible involvement in the unsolved double murder, and possibly more.
If so, it means that prosecutors likely know a lot more than what was shared in court last week.