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Another arrest in Doty case

Highlands Today
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 08:22 PM
SEBRING -

Another suspect was arrested on a warrant Tuesday night in connection with the Aaron Doty death investigation.

Adriana Rodriguez, 21, of 2424 Pinewood Blvd., Sebring, remained in the Highlands County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond Wednesday morning, after she was charged with tampering with physical evidence.

She was booked in at 7:32 p.m., Tuesday.

Sheriff Susan Benton alleged Wednesday that Rodriguez knowingly cleaned Doty's blood off of bedroom walls, after she knew there had been a fight involving Doty.

According to the sheriff's warrant affidavit, Rodriguez is a friend of suspects Jonathan Ray Rodriguez, 22, and Kenneth Edward Felipe Jr., 19, both of 5504 Granada Blvd., Sebring, who were charged with second-degree murder, abuse of a dead human body and tampering with physical evidence.

Adriana Rodriguez was asked by Jonathan Rodriguez to clean up the blood from his bedroom walls, the report stated. The two were not related, Benton said.

She told investigators that she did not know that Doty was dead at the time she cleaned the blood, but knew there had been a fight, the warrant affidavit stated.

Investigators alleged in an arrest affidavit that the two men charged in Doty's slaying repeatedly struck him during a fight, left him outside their home while he was unconscious, then took his body to a secluded area in Sun 'n Lake and burned it to destroy evidence, a previous report stated.

At about 1:30 p.m. on June 11, Doty's burned body was found in the north end of the Sun 'n Lake of Sebring subdivision.

Other arrests were still expected, Benton said Wednesday.

"Our detectives are working diligently to make sure everyone involved in this tragedy is brought to justice," she said.

Felipe's girlfriend Nicole Hebert, 20, of 4400 Lewis Ave, Sebring, was charged Tuesday as an accessory after the fact to a first-degree or life felony after allegedly transporting the two suspects out of the county to Orlando, according to Sheriff's Spokeswoman Nell Hays.

Rodriguez and Felipe Jr. were arrested on June 13 by the U.S. Marshal's Service Task-Force operating out of Orlando.

Hebert was denied bond at first appearance on Wednesday.

Benton made an appeal to the community.

"As detectives continue the painstaking investigation of evaluating every detail in this case, it is clear that several people participated in different ways in this horrific crime," Benton said. "What continues to disturb me is what appears to be such a lack of good conscience by so many people who were aware of the beating, the burning, or participated in attempting to cover up the crime.

"Parents, please I beg you, know where your kids are and who they are with; local law enforcement continues to see large party gatherings with drugs and alcohol even involving some of the same young folks who were involved in this case. Who will be next, will it be your child? Help us help you."

Anyone with information on this case is requested to call Detective Barbara Hair at the Highlands County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Unit, 863-402-7250.

Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com on the internet. Anonymity is guaranteed.


jseelig@highlandstoday.com (863) 386-5834

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