published: Friday, June 15, 2012
No bond for suspects in Doty murder; more arrests coming
By ED BALDRIDGE
SEBRING -- Judge Anthony L. Rittenour Friday morning set no bond for the two suspects arrested in the Aaron Doty murder.
Jonathan Ray Rodriguez, 22, and Kenneth Felipe, 19, both appeared via video in horizontal stripes instead of the traditional orange jumps suits at their first appearance and both were denied bond on the second degree murder charges leveled by State's Attorney Pete Barone.
Barone asked Rittenour to hold the defendants without bond because of their recent attempts to elude law enforcement.
"The issue here is not just the heinous act. They returned to their home after the crime, got some videos and were watching movies when law enforcement knocked on their door. They refused to surrender, and left to another area where state marshals had to retrieve them. They have family in New York, Puerto Rico and other places, the state is requesting no bond," Barone said.
A bond of $100,000 was set for the charge of abuse of a dead body and bond of $100,000 was set for tampering with evidence for both defendants.
Rittenour explained the other bond amounts were set in case a future judge made a different ruling on the murder charges.
Not understanding something (by: Just a thought - 6/23/2012)
The Traevon Martin death goes national for weeks upon weeks, calling it a hate crime. NOW, an awesome, young man (with A Christian upbringing) is brutally murdered and it NOT a hate crime? Is this reverse discrimination?
Prayer (by: Mr. Fuji - 6/20/2012)
Perhaps we should pray for everyone in this case. Let's fulfill the law of Christ.
Prays for all families (by: Yesica - 6/20/2012)
I don't know personally none of them, (Aaron, Felipe & Rodriguez) but I know all their families need prays. That's what I am doing.
more arrest (by: Phyllis Phipps - 6/16/2012)
I feel that everyone who stood by and watched them do this is just as guilty in killing.
More Arrests (by: Candice - 6/16/2012)
I am so glad that additional arrests are coming. They need to arrest more for not helping this young man.
Sheriff Benson (by: Ivy Schuler - 6/15/2012)
Job well done! Sad to see this happen in my hometown! Prayers for the Doty Family, may you receive the strength you need to get by.
SPARKY (by: Beerbelly - 6/15/2012)
We need to dust off Old Sparky, buy a can of non stick cooking spray, spay the seat and light them two up. They put dogs and cats to sleep. These two need to fry. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Doty Murder (by: Pat from North Carolina - 6/15/2012)
I am from North Carolina and come to Lake Placid often. I commend Judge Ritenour and your Sheriff Benson for following through and laying ground work for others to be arrested. They need to be!!! They are as guilty as ones in jail. Our church is praying for the young man's family.
(by: Joe P - 6/15/2012)
I knew Susan's guys would get to the bottom of this whole thing-good job!
Good job Sheriff Benson & Judge Ritenour!!! (by: Dusty Henderson - 6/15/2012)
Everyone needs to be used as an example in this case. Nail them to the wall.
re: more arrests (by: L.J.Dowdal - 6/15/2012)
So glad that they are going to make more arrests. The boys who did the killing are not the only perpetrators.. the ones who stood by and watched and even helped them... are just as guilty as the two killers!!!!! Punishment needs to be meted out to all who willfully watched and helped as well !!!!!!
AWESOME NEWS (by: RIP - 6/15/2012)
WTG JUDGE. No Bond and now they sit here in Highlands County jail. Right where they belong for now. Now let's focus on the Doty family and laying Aaron to rest peacefully on Saturday. RIP Aaron. And the Doty family we are all here for you
great job (by: pebbles - 6/15/2012)
Thank you lord!
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