Suspects plead not guilty in Navy Commander's murder

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- The case against three people accused of murdering a U.S. Navy Commander is moving forward.

Investigators said the victim's estranged wife plotted his death with her lover and his best friend.

At a hearing Wednesday, defendant Yolinda Doss, her boyfriend Anthony Washington and his best friend Ronnie Wilson entered not guilty pleas to charges of first-degree murder and burglary with assault in the death of Doss.

Investigators said the trio planned to kill Doss at an Orange Park hotel room in February. They said the suspects tried to make it look like a burglary gone bad so they could collect money from his life insurance policy, reportedly worth more than $1 million.

Doss served as the lookout at the Astoria Hotel while her co-defendants went to the victim's hotel room and strangled him, investigators said.

It took nearly six months for authorities to build a case against the suspects.

The suspects are being held at the Clay County Jail without bond. They could face the death penalty or life in prison if convicted of these crimes.

Wilson will be back in court for a preliminary hearing September 29. Doss and Washington's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 30.


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