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June 29, 2013

Conn. man arraigned in Hernandez case

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Hernandez’s lawyer argued in court that the case is circumstantial. He said Hernandez, who was cut by the Patriots the day he was arrested, wanted to clear his name.

Ortiz’s attorney, John Connors, said he will seek bail for his client at the July 9 hearing. He described Ortiz as a “gentle person” and said he will advise Ortiz to plead not guilty.

“I can say that his charge has nothing to do with homicide,” Connors said.

It was unclear if Wallace had a lawyer, and he couldn’t be reached for comment in jail. His surrender surprised Miramar police.

Wallace walked into the police station and told officers there was a warrant for his arrest, which officers confirmed by checking a computer database.

“He stated he knew he had a warrant because he saw himself on TV,” Miramar police Officer Gil Bueno said. “He was very cooperative. It was uneventful.”

Earlier yesterday, Ortiz appeared in Bristol Superior Court in Connecticut, where a judge authorized turning him over to a Massachusetts state trooper and a North Attleborough officer.

A friend and a relative of Ortiz said outside the courthouse that they were stunned by his arrest. They said Ortiz is the devoted father of two girls and a boy, all under the age of 9. Ortiz was unemployed recently but previously worked a long time at a Savers clothing store, they said.

They also said they couldn’t believe Ortiz could be part of a murder.

“He’s not that type of person. He has a good heart,” said friend Milton Montesdeoca, who added he didn’t know Hernandez and never heard Ortiz talk about the football star.

Also yesterday, authorities said law enforcement officers recovered in Bristol a car Wallace was seen driving before he surrendered.

Meanwhile, Lloyd’s relatives were preparing for his funeral in Boston on Saturday. A relative said the service will be at Church of the Holy Spirit in the city’s Mattapan section.

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