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Carlos Ortiz changes story regarding Odin Lloyd shooting

Ernest Wallace AP

If the prosecutors’ plan for convicting Aaron Hernandez of murder is to rely on Carlos Ortiz, they may need a better plan.

Via the Boston Herald, prosecutors disclosed during the bail hearing for Ernest Wallace (pictured) that Ortiz now claims that only Hernandez exited the car before Odin Lloyd was shot and killed in an industrial park near Hernandez’s Massachusetts home.

Previously, Ortiz supposedly said that both Hernandez and Wallace got out of the car, and that Wallace later told Ortiz that Hernandez had admitted to shooting Lloyd.  (That’s an odd admission for Hernandez to make to Wallace, since Wallace presumably was aware of the shooting.)

The summary of evidence presented without testimony from Ortiz successfully kept Wallace behind bars subject to $500,000 bail.  But the contradiction in Ortiz’s testimony could help give Hernandez’s lawyers enough ammunition to create reasonable doubt, via the Chewbacca defense or otherwise.

It’s a low bar, and it Ortiz can’t get his story straight as to the most critical moment for the case, why should a jury believe anything he says?

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59 Responses to “Carlos Ortiz changes story regarding Odin Lloyd shooting”
  1. nananatman says: Sep 26, 2013 6:19 PM

    I always believe shady ex cons and current ones when they talk.

  2. thekiller678 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:20 PM

    Just how much influence did Hernandez have in the underworld???

  3. Kevin O'Connor says: Sep 26, 2013 6:20 PM

    I agree with Florio, why should a jury believe Ortiz? I’ve just got a weird feeling that Aaron Hernanez might get off easy from this. There is plenty of evidence…but nothing truly reliable according to the law.

  4. briang123 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:21 PM

    If anyone thinks there isn’t a massive wad of cash coming the way of Ortiz or someone he loves, they are kidding themselves. If Hernandez is acquitted, he’ll be back in the NFL in no time.

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:21 PM

    It’s a good thing they have all the other evidence they do. Ortiz as their star witness seems awful shaky

  6. mccourty1sland says: Sep 26, 2013 6:22 PM

    Who cares they’re all trash.

  7. sb44champs says: Sep 26, 2013 6:24 PM

    It’s a shame that Hernandez may actually walk… PITIFUL!!

  8. skinsfolife says: Sep 26, 2013 6:24 PM

    He will be out and suited up for the Raiders before anyone could anticipate.

  9. historyisyourfriend says: Sep 26, 2013 6:27 PM

    Some of you seem to be forgetting that even if the murder charges go away, the weapons charges are still there and that means 3 years mandatory. So Aaron’s NFL career is still very much in doubt. Ask Plexiglass how good your career is after doing some jail time.

  10. azarkhan says: Sep 26, 2013 6:29 PM

    OK, so if “Ortiz now claims that only Hernandez exited the car”, than only Hernandez could have shot and killed Lloyd. I don’t get what the big deal is. Besides, the prosecution has plenty of circumstantial evidence to convict Hernandez.

  11. gadzod says: Sep 26, 2013 6:29 PM

    The police absolutely has to find that damn gun. He could walk based off reasonable doubt just like Casey Anthony did.

  12. 2dmo4 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:29 PM

    If I was a betting man, and I am, i would bet that if he gets off on this charge, that he will kill again. Past actions have proved this….allegedly.

  13. prideof10000lakes says: Sep 26, 2013 6:32 PM

    Just lock them all up for good and then feed them a vegetarian diet.

  14. crik911 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:32 PM

    Florio: I have to say after several years of visiting this site, I think I finally am starting to get your sense of humour. Chewbacca defense, classic!

  15. notoriousjebus says: Sep 26, 2013 6:33 PM

    Aren’t gangs divided along racial lines? What’s a Latino doing with all these African Americans?

  16. prosportswashington says: Sep 26, 2013 6:34 PM

    Mr Hernandez, the Detroit Lions are on line one

  17. wearethesteelers says: Sep 26, 2013 6:35 PM

    Put your Heisenburg hats on, people. It’s about to get real.

  18. dfeltz says: Sep 26, 2013 6:36 PM

    gadzod – Without getting into specifics, I know for a FACT that juries have convicted defendants without an eye witness and without a murder weapon. Rock solid time lines can get convictions.

  19. bingobrown12 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:36 PM

    The only way Hernandez walks is if they find out
    he has a twin holding the murder weapon.

    It ain’t gonna happen people!

  20. justsomerandomguy24 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:38 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen, this is Chewbacca…

  21. jolink653 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:42 PM

    This just entirely discredits Ortiz as a witness (not that he was that credible to begin with), so the State has no witnesses, no weapon, and a lot of circumstantial evidence, and nothing to definitively say that Hernandez pulled the trigger…unless one of those things changes, his lawyers will stomp it all into the ground and have their client do a couple years on some trumped up weapons charges…guys like Ortiz are a defense attorney’s dream

  22. steelcurtainn says: Sep 26, 2013 6:43 PM

    If Hernandez was to walk, which I highly doubt, there is no way he’s back in the league. His NFL days are over.

  23. pizark2 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:49 PM

    How quickly some people forget Ray Lewis and OJ.

    And Massachusetts doesn’t have the same gun laws as NYC to the Plexico comment…

  24. blmonroe12 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:55 PM

    Can’t wait to watch it on Court.tv.

  25. chi01town says: Sep 26, 2013 6:58 PM

    Aaron will never see another free day as long as he live and thats if they dont put him on death row.

  26. gochargersgo says: Sep 26, 2013 7:01 PM

    Im sure they will throw the book at him for his gun charges, which will probably stick. Everything else? Total crapshoot. This evidence doesnt even appear as strong as some other high profile cases, and we all know how those turned out.

  27. paulsmith107 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:02 PM

    I see all of this nonsense about if he walks its pitiful. Point is none of you were there to witness it. Sometimes cops get so caught up in who they want to be guilty instead of doing real police work. I remember when those black kids went to prison for the Central Park thing only to find out years later they didn’t do anything. So the point is he isn’t convicted nothing was proved yet so lay off. If he walks it’s not pathetic its justice.

  28. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:02 PM

    azarkhan says:

    OK, so if “Ortiz now claims that only Hernandez exited the car”, than only Hernandez could have shot and killed Lloyd. I don’t get what the big deal is.
    __________________

    Mr Ortiz, first you said Mr Hernandez and Mr Wallace exited the car. Now you say just Mr Hernandez. You’ve also said you were high as a kite and sleeping. How do you know that everything you’re claiming wasn’t a drug induced dream and you never woke up enough to even know what was going on?

    That’s the big deal. A good attorney will totally discredit all testimony from Ortiz. If the testimony isn’t effective and the jurors discount it the door is open for acquittal on the murder charges.

    He’ll still do time over the gun charges but 3 years maybe instead of life no parole

  29. gochargersgo says: Sep 26, 2013 7:02 PM

    Bottom line: No murder weapon, no admission of doing the crime, and no witness testimony = no conviction

  30. stevent92 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:04 PM

    Have they interviewed Carlos Danger?

  31. 1phd says: Sep 26, 2013 7:10 PM

    Exactly. The more cash that comes his way, the more his story changes. It’s all part of the plan folks.

  32. craniator says: Sep 26, 2013 7:17 PM

    This guy is absolutely , positively going to walk. You can book that.

  33. brassknuckles47 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:18 PM

    “If the glove doesnt fit, you must acquit.”

    Sometimes I get so confused………

  34. lwstarr says: Sep 26, 2013 7:22 PM

    You’re all forgetting that this little weasel originally said he was sleeping in the back seat UNTIL he heard the shots fired, and then Wallace and AH got back in the car. Plus, you know, the daily angel dust use, yada yada. If this is their only witness, no murder weapon, only circumstantial evidence, there’s a boatload of reasonable doubt.

  35. bucrightoff says: Sep 26, 2013 7:23 PM

    Comparing him with Burress doesn’t work. Burress was in his 30’s whereas Hernandez isn’t even in his prime yet.

    Still even though I don’t see the murder conviction happening, they have the gun charges as backup so he’ll still be going to jail.

  36. SouthTexasRaider says: Sep 26, 2013 7:26 PM

    skinsfolife………..0-3 going on 0-4 after Sunday…..you mad bro? LOL!

  37. EliteChampionFitness says: Sep 26, 2013 7:28 PM

    Or what if it was Ortiz that shot Lloyd? Just a thought, and thinking it will be brought up sometime.

    Fact is, only the person or people there know what really happened, and everyone is innocent till proven guilty.

  38. brasscop says: Sep 26, 2013 7:30 PM

    Ray Allen and Plaxico will be character witnesses.

  39. shuttaman1990 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:32 PM

    He’s walking.
    Raiders taking him, be glad to have him so TP2 can make him a bigger star unlike that 6th round spygate scrub from New England.

  40. mikep363839 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:36 PM

    Its amazing how much the court of public opinion has changed since he was arrested, even Florio’s. Hernandez will be back in the NFL and I can’t wait to hear people cry about it.

  41. broadstbully says: Sep 26, 2013 7:43 PM

    Am I missing something, here? Can there be weapons charges without a weapon?

  42. stealthjunk says: Sep 26, 2013 7:43 PM

    I don’t get the people saying that Ortiz must have a bunch of cash waiting on him. He changed his story to try to make things worse for Hernandez, not better, by saying that Wallace stayed in the car and therefore couldn’t have been the shooter. When you put Wallace outside of the car and then Ortiz says he was sleeping, then all of a sudden he has no frickin clue who actually could have pulled the trigger. The prosecutors probably pressured him into changing his story so they could try to tell a better story at trial, although now they’re giving an uncredible witness even less credibility.

  43. doggeatdogg says: Sep 26, 2013 7:46 PM

    gochargersgo says:
    Sep 26, 2013 7:02 PM
    Bottom line: No murder weapon, no admission of doing the crime, and no witness testimony = no conviction.
    —————

    Never mind there is a dead body. Perhaps Lloyd shot himself five times after walking into the murder site with these three fools. Maybe Santa Claus did it. Here is a better one, it’s Bush’s fault. All three should be charged with accessory to murder and weapons charge. That should put them away for at least 20 each.

  44. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 26, 2013 7:47 PM

    This is just another round of discarding before the final hand can be revealed. Or if this is a Bingo game, then Ortiz is going for the “cover-all” strategy. The entire Ortiz deal is like a legal civil war where parties of all involved sides are battling each other with an arsenal of wrenches. It’s hard enough to deal with one wrench in a plan, but in this courtroom everything is a wrench. Look even the microphones are shaped like wrenches, nice ominous stage scenery. Bring your aspirin and ace bandages in case you hurt your wrist from slinging wrenches around all day, and a wear a helmet obviously.

  45. fumblenuts says: Sep 26, 2013 8:00 PM

    What happened to the dude Hernandez shot in the face?

  46. dkeyser says: Sep 26, 2013 8:01 PM

    A-A-Ron didnt do it.. It was Ron Mexico in the parlor with a candlestick

  47. sixburghrules says: Sep 26, 2013 8:18 PM

    Either way he knows that Lloyd was in the car and didn’t come back! I think he spends at least a little time for this on for Obstruction and possibly more if the girlfriend and cousin break.
    He won’t be back in the NFL because no team will touch him.

  48. johndont says: Sep 26, 2013 8:19 PM

    Hernandez, would like fries with that.

  49. sixburghrules says: Sep 26, 2013 8:21 PM

    The picture looks like”did I just tell a lie”

  50. totallyuselessme says: Sep 26, 2013 8:34 PM

    All the evidence against Hernandez is either A) circumstantial or B) testimony from convicted felons.

    I’m sorry, but if they don’t have anything better than that, I’m going to be legimately surprised if he doesn’t get off with just a gun charge.

  51. stealthjunk says: Sep 26, 2013 8:36 PM

    fumblenuts says:
    Sep 26, 2013 8:00 PM
    What happened to the dude Hernandez shot in the face?

    ——————

    I’m guessing he didn’t “see” anything and therefore cannot be an “eye”witness.

  52. hor2012 says: Sep 26, 2013 8:43 PM

    All of you racist hiding behind your computer screens I wonder if you would have the heart to say any of this to the face of a hispanic or black male. I doubt it. Now, that wasn’t for everyone who post. It just for those who think that somehow this is funny. I hope none of you ever have to lose a loved one or watch and loved one endure what both of these families are going through. And, if you should find yourselves in this place I pray that someone would have more humanity in them than you have in yourselves.

  53. nooittall says: Sep 26, 2013 8:54 PM

    That is Martin Mayhew, put this picture next to his. No wonder you never see those two together.

  54. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 26, 2013 10:11 PM

    So you’re saying I should pick up Hernandez now as a fantasy keeper for next year.

  55. commonsensedude says: Sep 26, 2013 10:24 PM

    I highly doubt Hernandez will walk (it’s not like he is going to be tried by jurors from Florida or something). But even if he does, there’s no way he’d ever have an NFL career again. Any city he plays for will have an automatic spike in the crime rate the day he signs. He’s toast.

  56. wolfmanpatriot says: Sep 27, 2013 12:21 AM

    eport comment
    stealthjunk says:
    Sep 26, 2013 7:43 PM
    I don’t get the people saying that Ortiz must have a bunch of cash waiting on him. He changed his story to try to make things worse for Hernandez, not better, by saying that Wallace stayed in the car and therefore couldn’t have been the shooter.
    —-*-*—–****——

    I disagree. Now AH is the only one outside with Lloyd.
    If I am his ddfender, this is how it went down.
    AH scolds him for dissing the fiancée and tells him he can walk home from this dangerous area. Must have been shot by some crack head bum.

  57. gbmickey says: Sep 27, 2013 8:18 AM

    To all the internet lawyers out there, if you think they cant convict without a weapon and based circumstantial evidence you dont have a clue.

  58. peymax1693 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:44 AM

    What the prosecution might do is claim there was a joint venture between Wallace and Hernandez to murder Odin Lloyd. Under a joint venture theory of liability, the Commonwealth does not have to establish beyond a reasonable doubt who the shooter was, just that there was an agreement between Wallace and Hernandez to murder Lloyd and that they were both present when Lloyd was murdered.

  59. keithg1976 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:02 AM

    hes not getting off, scott peterson is on death row with nothing but circumstantial evidence. also odin isnt the only murder he is facing.

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