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Five Doty defendant cases again face delays

Published:   |   Updated: March 12, 2013 at 05:25 PM

Five of the six defendants in the Aaron Doty murder case were in court for pretrial conferences on Wednesday and Thursday.

Circuit Court Judge Angela Cowden decided prosecutors and defense attorneys were not ready for trial and rescheduled Travis William Makris, Giovanni Burgos, Nicole M. Hebert, Jonathan Ray Rodriguez and Kenneth Edward Felipe Jr. for March and April.

On June 9, the state alleges, Felipe, 19, and Rodriquez, 22, both of 5504 Granada Blvd., picked a fight with Aaron Doty, 20. Afterward, they dragged his unconscious body outside and then took what they believed was his dead body to a nearby woods and set him on fire.

However, a medical examiner later determined Doty was still alive. He was found dead west of Sun 'n Lake.

Makris and Burgos are to reappear for another pretrial conference at 8:30 a.m. March 20. Burgos is out on $3,000 bond.

Det. Barbara Hair's affidavit asserted that Felipe and Rodriguez needed a place to hide, so they contacted Felipe's cousin, Burgos, who offered his Orlando apartment. U.S. marshals traced Felipe and Rodriguez.

Makris agreed to keep a bag of clothes and a pair of sneakers for the accused murderers. He was charged with accessory after the fact. He also is out on $2,000 bond and is represented by William Fletcher.

Hebert and Adriana Rodriguez may meet again in court at 1:15 p.m. March 20. Hebert, Felipe's girlfriend, drove the two accused murderers to Burgos' apartment. She was charged with accessory after the fact. She is represented by Robin H. Stevenson and has been held in jail since she was arrested.

Adrianna Rodriguez, who is not related to Jonathan Rodriguez, is accused of cleaning the blood evidence at Jonathan Rodriguez and Felipe's apartment. She is represented by James Headley and is out on $2,500 bond.

Jonathan Rodriguez and Felipe will reappear at 8:30 a.m. April 18. Both remain in Highlands County Jail on charges of first-degree murder, abuse of a body and tampering with physical evidence.

Rodriguez is represented by Assistant Public Defender Robert H. Gray. Felipe is represented by Shirley Whitsitt and Byron P. Hileman. (863) 386-5828

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