2 Aaron Hernandez associates charged with murder

Two associates of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez have been indicted for murder, the Bristol district attorney’s office announced this afternoon.

Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, both of Bristol, Conn., face charges in the June 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd of Boston in North Attleborough.

A Bristol County grand jury returned the indictments late this afternoon, prosecutors said.

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The men are to be arraigned in Fall River. No date has been set, prosecutors said in a statement.

They said they would have no further information until the defendants’ arraignment.

In a case that has riveted the public, Hernandez already faces a murder charge in the slaying of Lloyd, 27, of Dorchester, who was found dead in an industrial park near Hernandez’s spacious North Attleborough home.

Ortiz and Wallace had also previously been charged as accessories after the fact of murder in the June 17, 2013 slaying.

Prosecutors have said previously that Hernandez, Ortiz, and Wallace allegedly picked up Lloyd at his Dorchester home and drove him to the industrial park, where he was shot several times in an execution.

Hernandez is also being investigated for a possible role in a July 2012 double murder in Boston’s South End. But he has not been charged in that case.

The All-Pro tight end’s story has generated headlines, presenting the stunning case of a wealthy young NFL star allegedly squandering his bright future through one, or possibly more, acts of deadly violence.