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
At the time, he told police he did not know who had shot
Bradley had been fighting an interstate grand jury subpoena,
asserting he needed to return to Florida for medical treatment on
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
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
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.