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Hernandez murder case: Prosecutors release new details about key piece of evidence

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) - A man arrested in Florida agreed Monday to return to Massachusetts to face a charge in the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Ernest Wallace, 41, faces a charge of accessory after the fact in the slaying semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Wallace turned himself in at a Miramar, Fla., police station last week.

An assistant to Broward County Judge John Hurley said Wallace waived extradition Monday and agreed to go back to Massachusetts.

In a statement, prosecutors in Bristol County, Mass., said they have 10 days to pick him up. They gave no indication when they would do so.

Also on Monday, Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson told FOX 25's Bob Ward that Hernandez, who is currently incarcerated at the Bristol County House of Corrections, has been assessed and reclassified. He has been moved from the medical unit to a different unit within the jailhouse.

Hernandez is also reportedly allowed out of his cell for three hours a day instead of just one; however, he is still segregated from other inmates out of a concern that someone may want to harm him.

Sheriff Hodgson said it appears Hernandez is doing well for someone living with restricted freedoms. Hernandez takes all his meals in his cell and does not have access to television or the Internet.

While Hernandez is out of his cell, he is allowed to use the phone, go out into the yard, or visit a common room. Thus far, Hernandez has not made any special requests.

As for visitors, Hernandez is allowed to put up to five people on the list. Each visitor must be screened and approved.

Investigators have also looked at all of Hernandez's tattoos to see if there is any gang affiliation. Sources told the Boston Herald so far, they haven't found anything.

Prosecutors say Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd's execution-style shooting near Hernandez's North Attleborough home on June 17. They say it happened after the two went to a night club a few days earlier and Lloyd, 27, spoke to people Hernandez didn't want him talking to.

Hernandez is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder. His lawyers say that the case against Hernandez is circumstantial and that he's eager to clear his name.

Prosecutors say Wallace and another man, Carlos Ortiz, were in the car with Hernandez when the three men picked up Lloyd on June 17, drove him to an industrial park and shot him five times. They have not said who fired the shots.

Ortiz is being held on a charge of carrying an unlicensed firearm in North Attleborough on the day Lloyd was shot. His attorney described Ortiz as a "gentle person" and said he had advised him to plead not guilty.

The three men are all linked to Bristol, Conn., where Hernandez grew up. Ortiz had been living in Bristol, and authorities had addresses for Wallace there and in Miramar.

FOX 25 also learned more about Alexander Bradley, the man suing Hernandez claiming the former Patriots player shot him in the face after the two went to A Miami strip club in February - the weekend after the Patriots lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs.

According to a source, Hernandez was served papers in relation to that lawsuit Friday. He has 21 days to respond.

Bradley, who lost his eye during the incident, will appear in a Conn. courtroom where he is facing a series of charges including assault and burglary. In January, Bradley was arrested in Quincy for drunk driving and operating to endanger.

According to the Boston Globe, Hernandez was with Bradley in the car and even introduced himself to police.

Meanwhile, investigators continue to look for evidence in the case against Hernandez. The Bristol County District Attorney's office asking for help finding a car mirror that had been broken off a car they said may be connected to the murder. Authorities now say that the mirror is a driver's side rear view mirror from a silver or gray 2013 Nissan Altima. Prosecutors say that's the type of car Hernandez and the two other suspects rented and returned after the murder.

The DA's office says it had shell casings and a piece of bubble gum under a seat that may contain key DNA evidence in this case.
    
The missing mirror may be in a wooded or secluded area along the route from Fayston Street in Boston, down Route 95, to Ronald C. Meyer Drive in North Attleborough.

Last summer, Hernandez, 23, signed a five-year contract worth $40 million with the Patriots. The team released him the day of his arrest, and he could face life in prison if convicted.

Hernandez is due back in court July 24.

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