Police still don’t know where the gun used to kill Odin Lloyd is. But they believe they know where it was.
Via the Associated Press, an affidavit released Friday by the Attleboro District Court alleges that Aaron Hernandez associate Carlos Ortiz informed police Hernandez put guns in a black box after Lloyd was shot.
Lloyd was shot with a .45 caliber Glock. Other guns were present in the car and in Hernandez’s home on the night of the slaying.
Presumably, Ortiz at some point said more about the disposal of the guns. The four-day search of a pond in Bristol, Connecticut (unsuccessful, so far) possibly was prompted by Ortiz telling the authorities the gun was thrown into it.
Other affidavits previously released indicate that Ortiz told police he was asleep in the car when Hernandez, Ernest Wallace, and Lloyd exited at an industrial park near Hernandez’s home. Shots were fired, Hernandez and Wallace returned to the car, and Wallace later told Ortiz that Hernandez was the one who fired on Lloyd.
All affidavits were filed in support of the issuance of various search warrants. The latest apparently was used to support seizure of a phone, credits cards, and bank cards from Tanya Singleton-Valderramma, a woman with whom Ortiz had been living. Ortiz said he discussed the killing of Lloyd with her.
Ortiz, who faces only weapons charges, is being held without bail. The affidavits show that Ortiz has cooperated extensively with police. The biggest questions remaining are whether he’ll testify in court against Hernandez, whether his testimony will be viewed as credible, and whether Hernandez will be able to distance himself from any credibility issues related to the testimony, given that Hernandez summoned Ortiz from Connecticut to Massachusetts on the night of the murder.