A crowd surrounds the entrance to the Fall River Justice Center in Massachusetts on Thursday.
AP

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- A man arrested in Connecticut in connection with the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is on his way to Massachusetts.

A judge in Bristol, Conn., ordered Carlos Ortiz turned over to Massachusetts authorities during a hearing Friday morning.

Ortiz has been charged in Connecticut as a fugitive from justice. He had waived extradition to Massachusetts and was being held on $1.5 million bail in Hartford.

New Britain State's attorney says investigators arrested the 27-year-old Ortiz in Bristol on Wednesday as part of the probe into the slaying of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez is charged with murder in the slaying of Lloyd near Hernandez's North Attleborough home.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.