Indictment of Ernest Wallace makes his probable cause hearing moot, too


Of the four men who were in a car together on an early Monday morning in Massachusetts, one is dead, two have been indicted for his murder, and the fourth may be the key to putting the other two away for a long time.

Lost in last week’s news that former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted for killing Odin Lloyd was the indictment of Ernest Wallace for serving as an accessory after the fact to Lloyd’s murder.  On Monday, a judge bumped Wallace’s probable cause hearing, which like Hernandez’s probable cause hearing became moot after the indictment.

Also indicted last week was Tanya Cummings-Singleton.  The cousin of Aaron Hernandez faces charges of criminal contempt of court for refusing to testify before the grand jury.

Authorities believe Cummings-Singleton purchased a bus ticket for Wallace, who left the area after he murder.  Also, Carlos Ortiz reportedly told police that he discussed Lloyd’s murder with Cummings-Singleton.

Based on multiple police affidavits submitted in support of search warrants, Ortiz clearly has said a lot of things to police about the events of June 17, 2013.  Ortiz remains in custody without bail on only weapons charges, and he has not yet been indicted.

Ultimately, the ability to prove Hernandez’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt may turn on Ortiz’s willingness to testify at trial, and his ability to do so credibly.