Aaron Hernandez friend set to change plea in 2013 killing

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A friend of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is expected to change his not guilty plea in the 2013 shooting death of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

Carlos Ortiz is set to go on trial in October for first-degree murder, but now his lawyers will be in Bristol Superior Court Monday for a change of plea hearing.

Hernandez, Ortiz and Ernest Wallace — all friends from Bristol, Conn. — were all initially charged with murder.

Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole last year. Wallace was acquitted of murder earlier this year but sentenced to seven years in prison for being an accessory after the killing.

Lloyd’s body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez’s North Attleborough, Massachusetts home.

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