GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The three suspects accused of murdering a Naval Commander had first appearance bond hearings Wednesday morning.
Yolinda Doss, 44, Anthony Washington, 29, and Ronnie R. Wilson II, 33, will be held without bond. They are due back in court September 3 at 9 a.m.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office and Orange Park Police Department announced on Tuesday afternoon arrests in connection to the death of Alphonso Doss.
Authorities say Doss called 911 in early February to report she had found him possibly deceased in his hotel room at the Astoria Hotel located at 150 Park Avenue in Orange Park. Six months after his death police charged Doss, Washington and Wilson with second degree murder and assault and battery during a burglary.
Orange Park Chief of Police, Gary Goble says Doss let both Washington and Wilson into Commander Doss' hotel room and then left to serve as the look out in a nearby parking lot. Goble says the two men waited for the naval commander to return to his room and when he did, Washington allegedly strangled him.
"The suspects devised a plan to kill Doss and make it appear like a burglary scene in the hotel room," said Goble.
He says Washington and Yolinda Doss has a romantic relationship and Wilson was Washington's best friend. During questioning authorities say both Doss and Washington confessed to the murder and implicated Wilson.
Alphonso Doss had served in the U.S. Navy since 1987. First Coast News Spoke with his father Tom Allen, who lives in Mississippi Tuesday afternoon. He says he's grateful that the case did not go unsolved but takes no pleasure in knowing his daughter in law was involved.
"I don't have any comfort in knowing my daughter in law might have something to do with it because after all, my granddaughter doesn't have a father or mother at this point," said Allen.
Goble says the trio was not able to get any of Doss' life insurance money which he believes totaled over $1 million.
Doss, Washington and Wilson will have their first hearings at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Clay County Courthouse.