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Lawyer: Hernandez Associate 'Along For The Ride'

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In this Friday, June 28, 2013 file photo, Carlos Ortiz, an associate of ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez enters the Attleboro District Court with attorney John Connors. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, George Rizer, Pool, File) In this Friday, June 28, 2013 file photo, Carlos Ortiz, an associate of ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez enters the Attleboro District Court with attorney John Connors. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, George Rizer, Pool, File)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A lawyer for an associate of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez charged as an accessory to murder says his client was just "along for the ride."

Defense attorney John Connors suggested Thursday that Carlos Ortiz went out the night Odin Lloyd was killed because he was asked by the "superstar" ex-player. He said Ortiz was in the wrong place at the wrong time and didn't participate in the shooting.

Connors said at a brief hearing in Fall River Superior Court he likely needs through February to go through voluminous amounts of evidence.

Ortiz has pleaded not guilty to accessory after the fact. He's being held on $500,000 cash bail.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in Lloyd's death. The Boston man was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend.

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