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Hernandez Associate Due in Court in Accessory Case

(Carlos Ortiz / AP Photo/The Bristol Press, Mike Orazzi, Pool)

(Carlos Ortiz / AP Photo/The Bristol Press, Mike Orazzi, Pool)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — An associate of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez is scheduled to make another court appearance on a charge of being an accessory to murder after the fact.

Carlos Ortiz is due in Fall River Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge and is being held on $500,000 cash bail. His attorney had planned to argue for a lower amount at his last court appearance but put it off.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend.

Prosecutors say Ortiz and another associate, Ernest Wallace, were with Hernandez in a car on the June night Lloyd was killed near Hernandez’s North Attleborough home.