TTLEBORO, Mass. - Ernest Wallace, charged as an accessory after the fact in the murder of Odin Lloyd, was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail Friday by a district court judge.
Wallace, an alleged accomplice of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, is the first defendant in the case to be awarded bail. Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, and Carlos Ortiz, another alleged accomplice charged with possession of an illegal firearm, are both being held without bail.
Prosecutors laid out the same timeline of the murder as they did with Hernandez but also put Wallace in the car that night.
In addition, assistant district attorney William McCauley also described the 25-year criminal history of Wallace, who has used his given name and four aliases. Those offenses include drug convictions, convictions for motor vehichle offenses and other minor charges. McCauley also argued that Wallace, because he ditched his cell phone, dumped his car and fled to Florida after the murder, was a flight risk.
When asked if he was pleased with the bail, McCauley refused comment.
Defense attorney David Meier argued for bail to set at $10,000, saying that the evidence against Wallace is sketchy and that most of it is based on the cooperation of Ortiz, who has little credibility. Meier also criticized prosecutors for apparently making a deal with Ortiz and charging him only with a firearms offense when Ortiz is seen on surveillance tapes entering and exiting a car on the night of the crime with a gun in his hand.
Meier said Wallace did not flee to Florida but instead went to the home of his parents, where police eventually found him.
If Wallace posts bail, he must wear a GPS tracking device.