Ernest George Wallace, the Bristol man charged in connection to the Aaron Hernandez murder case, has a lengthy criminal record in Connecticut dating back to the mid-1990s.
Wallace, who told a Florida judge on Monday that he will not fight extradition to Massachusetts to answer criminal charges in the case, has been convicted of illegal possession of narcotics, driving under the influence, and interfering with police, among others charges.
Wallace, 41, appeared in a brown Broward jail jumpsuit, his hands shackled, before Broward County Judge John "Jay" Hurley and signed a waiver of extradition. The waiver removes any legal obstacles from Massachusetts officials who want Wallace brought up north to face trial.
"Mr. Wallace has voluntarily surrendered to local authorities and he has decided to move forward expeditiously," said Jeffrey Nieman, who represented Wallace at Monday's hearing.
Wallace is accused of being Hernandez' accomplice after the June 17 murder of Odin Lloyd in North Attleborough, Mass. Hernandez, the Bristol native and former tight end for the New England Patriots, was arrested on June 26, hours after he was cut from the team.
Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty. Authorities are also investigating his possible connection to two 2012 murders in Boston.
It's not clear what role Wallace is alleged to have played. He is facing charges of accessory after the fact to the Lloyd murder.
Wallace has family living in Miramar and surrendered voluntarily on Friday. He has been at the Broward Main Jail ever since.
In an interview Saturday, a woman identifying herself as Wallace's cousin said his family is standing by him.
"We don't believe he did it and we are going to keep praying and asking God to bring the truth out," said the cousin, Irma Lewis.
Massachusetts officials have 30 days to remove Wallace from Broward County. Had Wallace chosen to fight extradition, the state would have had 90 days to establish that it had a legal right to bring Wallace up north to face the charge.
Wallace's criminal record in Connecticut includes being charged in 2007 with drinking while driving, speeding and operating a motor vehicle under suspension. He pleaded out and was only convicted of the third charge.
Wallace in early September 2011 faced numerous felony drug charges, but again pleaded out and was fined $300 for interference. He had been charged with illegally obtaining prescription drugs, possession of narcotics and possession of hallucinogens.
Later that month, he pleaded out to avoid a second interference charge from a different arrest, this time pleading guilty to driving under the influence in a February 2011 incident. After his arrest he told police he consumed several alcoholic drinks and smoked marijuana.