NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) - The third man arrested in connection with the shooting of a 27-year-old Odin Lloyd was arraigned and held without bail on Monday.
Ernest Wallace, 41, surrendered to police in Florida and waived extradition to face the charge of accessory to murder after the fact in North Attleboro.
Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player from Dorchester, was found dead near an industrial park in the town back on June 17. The case gained nationwide attention after former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was questioned in the case and subsequently taken into custody and charged with murder .
Prosecutors allege that Hernandez orchestrated the killing. They also said that Wallace was with Hernandez and another suspect, Carlos Ortiz, when they drove Lloyd to John Dietsch Boulevard and shot him.
The arraignment was only a few minutes long. Wallace appeared to be mouthing the words "I love you" to somebody while leaving the courtroom. His family was present during the arraignment.
Meanwhile, in a different courtroom, a judge decided the search warrants pertaining to this investigation will be unsealed within 24 hours.
The Attleboro District Court decided two weeks ago to close off all information in the case to the public. Since then, attorneys for the Boston Globe, Patriot Ledger, and Taunton Gazette contested the decision in front of a judge.
The Bristol County District Attorney's office and Hernandez's lawyers were against making the warrants public, saying it could harm the investigation and the chance for a fair trial for the athlete.