Hearing postponed for alleged Aaron Hernandez accomplice

Nov. 21, 2013 at 1:33 PM

BOSTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A judge has postponed a hearing for one of two alleged accomplices in the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Defense attorney John Connors requested the hearing for Carlos Ortiz, 27, of Bristol, Conn., be delayed, citing the fact the the prosecution just handed over 200 DVDs and CDs containing evidence that he has yet to review, The Boston Globe reported.

"I had filed a number of discovery motions, including a motion to preserve evidence," Connors said. "The prosecutors agreed to the motion to preserve evidence and they provided me with a ton of discovery evidence. It's a substantial amount of information that now I need to go through."

A judge on Wednesday postponed the hearing until Jan. 9.

Ortiz is charged with being an accessory after the fact in the June 17 killing of Odin Lloyd of Boston. He is being held on $500,000 bail.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 13. Ernest Wallace, of Miramar, Fla., faces an accessory charge, and is due in court Dec. 9.

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