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Massachusetts police seek man in murder probe of ex-NFL star

People watch a television at Dunkin Donuts as New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is arraigned next door in the Attleborough Dist
People watch a television at Dunkin Donuts as New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is arraigned next door in the Attleborough Dist

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts State Police are seeking a man named Ernest Wallace in connection with a murder case against ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez, the Bristol County District Attorney's Office said in a release late on Thursday.

Wallace, 44, is believed to be an "accessory after the fact" in the killing of Odin Lloyd, 27, a semi-pro football player whose body was found June 17 near Hernandez's house in North Attleborough, about 40 miles south of Boston, the release said.

Hernandez was charged with Lloyd's murder and fired by the New England Patriots football team on Wednesday. Prosecutors said he shot Lloyd five times after becoming upset with him days before at a Boston nightclub.

Hernandez's lawyer, Michael Fee, entered a not guilty plea. Wallace, who goes by the name "Fish," was last seen driving a silver Chrysler - a vehicle police are also seeking, according to the release.

An official at the Bristol County District Attorney's Office declined to provide any more details on Wallace, his suspected role in the murder, or his relationship to Hernandez.

Another man, Carlos Ortiz, was arrested in Connecticut in connection with the case on charges he is a fugitive from justice, Connecticut prosecutors said on Thursday. Ortiz is expected to be transferred to Massachusetts to face additional charges.

(Reporting by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Eric Beech)

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