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Hernandez Associate's Attorney Says Police Pressured Client

Carlos Ortiz is shown during a hearing in court in Bristol, Conn., Friday, June 28, 2013. New Britain State's attorney says investigators arrested the 27-year-old Ortiz in Bristol on Wednesday in connection with the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. A judge ordered Ortiz turned over to Massachusetts authorities during the hearing. (Mike Orazzi, The Bristol Press/AP Pool)
Carlos Ortiz is shown during a hearing in court in Bristol, Conn., Friday, June 28, 2013. New Britain State's attorney says investigators arrested the 27-year-old Ortiz in Bristol on Wednesday in connection with the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. A judge ordered Ortiz turned over to Massachusetts authorities during the hearing. (Mike Orazzi, The Bristol Press/AP Pool)
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An attorney for an associate of former NFL player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez says his client was pressured into talking to police investigating the death of Odin Lloyd.

The Herald News reports that attorneys presented final arguments Monday for why Carlos Ortiz's statements should either be allowed or suppressed when he is tried on a murder charge in Lloyd's 2013 shooting. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Defense attorney John Connors said police used coercive and manipulative tactics to pressure Ortiz into talking even when he said he was tired and wanted to go home, and police "minimized" his Miranda rights.

Prosecutors countered that Ortiz was "alert, sober and lucid," during questioning and never asserted his right to an attorney.

The judge did not immediately rule.

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