Kenneth Edward Felipe
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published: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Doty suspects to appear in court in Sebring Friday
SEBRING -- The two suspects arrested for the death of Aaron Doty will get their first appearance in court Friday morning, according to Highlands County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer, Nell Hays.
The HCSO issued warrants Monday for Jonathan Ray Rodriguez, 22, and Kenneth Felipe, 19 years of age, both of 5504 Granada Blvd., Sebring.
The pair were apprehended by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday around 3 p.m. in Orlando.
According to the HCSO warrant, Rodriguez and Felipe were arrested for allegedly "causing harm that led to the loss of life of Aaron Doty" and for allegedly "intentionally seclude the body of Aaron Doty in a wooded area and set the body on fire to destroy evidence."
On Thursday, HCSO Chief Deputy Mark Schrader said the investigation was ongoing, and would not "confirm nor deny" Thursday the existence of an alleged video of the incident.
"I can't comment too much about the case because the investigation is ongoing," Schrader said.
Schrader also would not confirm if more arrests were to be made in the incident or if other suspects were involved.
According to to the warrant affidavit, Doty arrived at a party in progress after midnight Sunday morning. The party was held at the shared home of Felipe and Jonathan Rodriguez at 5504 Granada Boulevard in Sun 'n Lake.
Doty is said to have visited several other parties before arriving at the suspects' home. All three of the men were said to have been drinking throughout the night.
According to witnesses, between 5 and 6 a.m. Sunday morning Doty was confronted by Felipe and Rodriguez about causing problems at the party and was asked to leave. Witnesses reported Rodriguez began yelling at Doty. They said Rodriguez appeared to be trying to start a fight.
During the confrontation it is alleged that Rodriguez and Felipe hit Doty about his face and head, causing him to fall to the floor unconscious. While Doty was on the ground, the suspects are said to have continued to hit Doty.
People at the party pulled Rodriguez and Felipe off of Doty, the affidavit said. The two men are said to have then dragged Doty outside by his feet and laid him outside the residence on the concrete while he was unconscious.
The narrative reports that individuals at the party did try to revive Doty. Witnesses told investigators that Doty was "breathing hard, making moaning noises and slowly moving his head."
One witness attempted to wake Doty, putting a hand under his head. When the hand was pulled away, it had blood on it.
It was at this time, the narrative states, that Doty stopped moving or making any sounds. No mention of a call to 911 is made in the narrative.
After an unknown length of time, it is said that Doty was placed in the bed of a truck belonging to Devin Elliott. Doty was not moving, breathing and had become stiff.
Allegedly occupied by Felipe, Rodriguez and an unidentified minor -- who was not the truck owner -- the vehicle was used to remove Doty from the scene.
Rodriguez is reported to have left the truck and bought gasoline. When he returned he and Felipe dropped the minor off at Capri Street and told him to wait for their return.
According to the narrative, the two suspects took Doty's body, still in the truck's bed, into a wooded area. According to the third individual they had the gasoline with them.
About 30 minutes later Rodriguez and Felipe returned and picked the witness, who noticed Doty's body was no longer in the truck bed.
On Monday Doty's body was discovered in a secluded area at the rear of Sun 'n Lake. The body had been burned, apparently in an effort to conceal evidence.
Several questions have arisen in the community about those who witnessed the fight, but did not notify authorities.
"Except for certain professionals who must report sexual abuse, there aren't many crimes you have to report," Schrader said.
The suspects are scheduled to appear at their first appearance at 8:15 a.m. Friday in the Highlands County Courthouse located at 590 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring.
Aaron doty (by: ginny - 7/1/2012)
all that was ther and did nothing will get whats coming to them its called karma . but buy not doing anything to them just says its ok
Peace for Aaron (by: Judy - 6/15/2012)
Its true, the people that were there,should have done something. A call to 911 - how hard is that? They didn't even have to talk. I am sure they were scared, but were they more scared about getting in trouble by their parents for being out so late drinking with adults or the life of there friend? I am sure it was a horrible situation to be in and I am SURE they are regretting all their choices now. I hope and pray they were all so scared that they were not thinking straight, otherwise they are just as much to blame. NEVER let anyone bully you and your friends! NEVER let 2 COWARDS beat up on one person. I hope they get exactly what they deserve. They should never have a bit of happiness in their life - for what they have taken from the Doty family. I can't even imagine the hatred these men have in them to be able to perform such a terrible act. *Peace for Aaron!*
sick and heartbroken (by: sebring resident - 6/15/2012)
This is exactly what is wrong with our society. I don't know what's worse. The fact that SO FAR nothing is happening to the ones that did NOTHING or the fact that you are asking for the link to this video! Why would anyone want to see that?! This is a horrible thing that happened and I can only hope that Justice is served but nothing is going to bring that boy back. His family will never have true peace with this. Knowing every single detail of this cruel act is not going to help anyone. Just pray for this family and teach the youth about right and wrong. Donate $20 to this family. Do something that will actually help. We are all angry and want to see the same when it comes to these animals.
Doty Murder. (by: David - 6/14/2012)
Everyone's talking about justice against the bystanders. But truth is if put in the same situation most of you wouldn't do anything either. It's shameful for them to have idly watched, but a lot of mistakes can be brought upon by fear. You don't know if their lives were threatened or otherwise. So before spouting more incessant prejudice get more facts. I'm sorry for your loss, Doty family.
DOTY, AARON (by: OLD FOLK - 6/14/2012)
TO WATCH AN ACT OF VIOLENCE AND DO NOTHING IS JUST AS BAD AS COMMITTING THE ACT. DOES THE YOUNGER GENERATION HAVE NO COMPASSION FOR THEIR FELLOW MAN. HARD TO BELIEVE THIS COULD ALL HAVE BEEN PREVENTED BY DIALING 911-
Video (by: Sun N Lake Resident - 6/14/2012)
Lord have Mercy on this town. How can she have evidence, post it on youtube and still be free! She could have saved him, he was still breathing when she picked up his head. She is as much an animal as the two scums that MURDERED him! And so is the owner of the truck, the minor and ALL the ones that were at the party! HANG them ALL!! so upset. My condolences to the Doty family.
Doty Murder (by: Pat from North Carolina and Furious - 6/14/2012)
I am from North Carolina & come to Lake Placid often. I cannot believe that the bystanders cannot be held accountable along with the boys that murdered this young man. Our church has the Doty family on our prayer list and may God give them the peace that only he can. I hope the young people involved cannot lay down and sleep.
RE: horrile police work (by: Too Sad for Words - 6/14/2012)
Do you have the link to this video? I keep hearing about it but haven't seen it.
horrile police work (by: MAD PERSON! - 6/14/2012)
seems to me like there are so many others involved that are getting away with MURDER! Devin Elliott just gave them his truck to hide the body yet he is out free.. the girl that put her hand on Dotys head and saw blood knew something was wrong, yet did nothing, and she is out free.. the Girl that has the video on her cell phone and posted it on youtube for everyone to see... is out free. Not to mention everyone else who was there and did nothing are all our FREE. All these people could have prevented this or atleast called 911, yet they never did!! WOW WHAT A JOKE!
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