Kevin Manahan of USA Today takes at close look at Ortiz’s neighborhood in Bristol, Connecticut, and the man known locally as “Charlie” or “Charlie Boy” may not want to go back, if/when he ever gets out of jail.
“Everybody knows that Charlie told,” Ortiz’s cousin, Jose “Ito” Torres said. “He’s been labeled a rat. He’s done. He’s done. You’re going to have another breaking news [story] on TV.”
The thinking in the neighborhood is that Ortiz should not have cooperated with police.
“That’s Aaron Hernandez,” local resident Amber Schryer said. “You tell the police you don’t know anything.”
“That’s my cousin and I love him,” Torres said. ”But he got caught up with the wrong people and they used him. If he thinks you’re his friend, he’s going to go all out for you. He has a good heart, but he’s not very smart.”
Ortiz isn’t smart, for many reasons. And now he has a major problem. He has told police the whole story regarding the murder of Odin Lloyd. If Ortiz refuses to cooperate moving forward, he’s probably already said enough to allow prosecutors to secure a conviction that will put him away for the rest of his life.