An associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty to a murder charge Tuesday in the shooting death of a man near Hernandez's home last summer.
Carlos Ortiz was arraigned in Fall River Superior Court on a murder charge in connection with the June death of Odin Lloyd. Ortiz was ordered held without bail and a pre-trial conference was set for Sept. 24.
Ortiz is from Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, Connecticut. Ortiz also pleaded not guilty earlier to an accessory charge.
Ortiz's lawyer has called the murder indictment "totally ridiculous."
Hernandez has also pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Lloyd, who was dating Hernandez's fiancee's sister.
A third man is also facing murder charge in connection with Lloyd's death.