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Hernandez Associate Heavy Drug User With Lengthy Criminal Record

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The jury may not look favorably on Carlos Ortiz and his troubled past.
The jury may not look favorably on Carlos Ortiz and his troubled past.

Aaron Hernandez’s legal team may have just been given a slight reprieve (albeit far from being anything substantial) in defending their client from charges that he murdered Odin Lloyd. Carlos Ortiz, previously thought to potentially be a central witness to the prosecution, may actually be considered an unreliable witness if recent developments are true.

In an affidavit obtained by USA Today, Ortiz told his probation officer on May 21 “that he was abusing PCP, alcohol and THC daily.” After being ordered to enter an in-patient drug abuse program, Ortiz failed to show up. He claimed that he lost his cell phone and that he didn’t know where to go.

Oritz tested positive for alcohol, cocaine, PCP and THC weeks before the night Odin Lloyd was murdered. He also has an extensive criminal record: larceny, assault, criminal mischief and interfering with an officer.

If Ortiz has indeed been cooperating with the police and plans to testify against Hernandez, the defense will most certainly do everything in their power to paint Ortiz as being an undependable witness to the jury. While Hernandez isn’t even close to being in the clear, it could potentially only make the prosecution’s job a bit tougher.