A man who faces a charge in connection with the murder case against former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez agreed to return to Massachusetts in a Broward court Monday afternoon.
Ernest Wallace, 41, waived his right to an extradition hearing in South Florida in a court appearance before Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley. Now, authorities from Massachusetts will have 30 days to come get Wallace from Broward County, Hurley said.
Wallace faces a charge of accessory to murder after the fact in the killing of Odin Lloyd, after he surrendered in Miramar on Friday, police said. Wallace, who is being held at the Broward County Main Jail, was denied bond on Saturday.
Two other people have been arrested in the case, including Hernandez, who has been charged with murder.
Prosecutors say Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd's execution-style shooting near Hernandez's North Attleborough, Mass. home on June 17 after Lloyd spoke with the wrong people at a nightclub. Wallace was with Hernandez and Lloyd the night Lloyd was shot, according to prosecutors.
Hurley said a driving charge against Wallace was dropped by another county in Florida to facilitate Wallace's return to Massachusetts.
Hurley gave Wallace two options. He could have opted not to sign the waiver, and told the judge that he wanted authorities to prove that he's required to go back to Massachusetts. In that case he would have remained in the Broward jail for 90 days, and then likely would have been sent back to Massachusetts, according to Hurley.
Wallace confirmed to the judge that he wanted to waive his right to an extradition hearing. He then signed the waiver Monday, and the judge did as well.
“And at this time you’re ready to be sent back to the state of Massachusetts,” Hurley said.
Wallace appeared in court with his attorney Jeffrey Neiman.
“He decided to expeditiously get up to Massachusetts and face arraignment," Neiman said after the hearing.
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