An associate of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was arraigned today and pleaded not guilty to an accessory charge in the murder case that names Hernandez as the suspect.
Ernest Wallace of Bristol, appeared in Fall River Superior Court in Massachusetts on Thursday afternoon. He was indicted last month on the charge of being an accessory to murder after the fact.
He pleaded not guilty and is due for a bail hearing next week. The arraignment lasted all of a minute.
Wallace pleaded not guilty earlier in district court to the same charge and was ordered held on $500,000 bail.
Police have said Wallace and another man were with Hernandez when 27-year-old Odin Lloyd of Boston was killed June 18. Lloyd's body was found in North Attleborough, not far from Hernandez's home.
Wallace went to Florida after Lloyd's death.
Hernandez is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder.