Victim in shooting ordered to appear before Hernandez grand jury

A Connecticut man who says he lost an eye after being shot by

Aaron Hernandez in February was ordered Friday to appear before a

grand jury in Massachusetts that is considering the murder case

against the former New England Patriots tight end.

Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander in Hartford ordered

Alexander Bradley to appear July 17 in Fall River, Mass., where a

grand jury is looking into allegations Hernandez orchestrated the

shooting of Odin Lloyd, according to a clerk for the court.

Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player for the Boston

Bandits, was found slain June 17 near Hernandez’s home in North

Attleborough, Mass. Prosecutors say Hernandez arranged Lloyd’s

shooting because he was upset at him for talking to certain people

at a nightclub.

Hernandez has been charged with murder in district court in

Massachusetts but a grand jury indictment or probable cause hearing

would be necessary for him to face trial on felony charges.

Hernandez, 23, has pleaded not guilty.

The Bristol County district attorney’s office in Massachusetts

said it could not comment on any grand jury investigation.

Bradley, 33, has filed a civil lawsuit against Hernandez,

asserting he was shot in the face by the former player in February

as they were driving in Florida after arguing in a Miami strip

club.

At the time, he told police he did not know who had shot

him.

Bradley had been fighting an interstate grand jury subpoena,

asserting he needed to return to Florida for medical treatment on

July 10.

Attorney Robert Pickering argued Friday that Bradley’s civil

case has nothing to do with the Massachusetts investigation.

”The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is relying on a statement of

a lawyer of Mr. Bradley that these crimes are strikingly similar to

the crime in the Hernandez matter,” he said. ”Clearly this

petition states that my client has never stated that.”

Alexander found that Bradley’s medical treatment should not

prevent him from being in Massachusetts a week later.

Also Friday, a man wanted as an accessory after the fact in the

Lloyd killing was turned over in Florida to Massachusetts

authorities.

Ernest Wallace, 41, had been held in the Broward County, Fla.,

jail since surrendering to police in Miramar, Fla., last week. A

Broward sheriff’s office spokesman said Wallace was released to

Massachusetts officers Friday afternoon.

Wallace’s arraignment has not been scheduled, said Greg Miliote,

a spokesman for the Bristol district attorney’s office. He said no

specifics of Wallace’s travel would be announced for security

reasons.

Prosecutors say Wallace and another man, Carlos Ortiz, were with

Hernandez when they drove with Lloyd to an industrial park where

Lloyd was shot. Police haven’t said who shot Lloyd. Ortiz, who

lives in Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol, Conn., has been charged

with carrying a firearm the day of the shooting.