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HCSO charges girlfriend in Doty case

SEBRING An ongoing investigation by the Highlands County Sheriff's detectives has led to the arrest of Nicole Hebert, 20, of 4400 Lewis Ave, Sebring, charged as an accessory after the fact in the murder case of Aaron Doty last month. She was being held without bond Tuesday, at least until she has her first appearance before a judge, according to Sheriff's Central Records. Hebert was officially charged with accessory after the fact to a first-degree or life felony, according to Sheriff's Spokeswoman Nell Hays. Her charge on the sheriff's website stated murder dangerous depraved without premeditation. Her court date was set for Aug. 6.
The sheriff's office alleged Hebert, a girlfriend of Kenneth Felipe Jr., 19, transported both Felipe Jr. and Jonathan Ray Rodriguez, 22, out of the county while knowing they were wanted by law enforcement. She was arrested at the Liberty Star Plaza sheriff's substation as part of the investigation. She did not turn herself in, said Hays. According to the warrant affidavit, when first questioned Hebert denied any knowledge that law enforcement was looking for Felipe Jr. or Rodriguez and also denied having knowingly assisted in relocating them to Orlando to allegedly hide with a relative of Felipe's. The report stated Hebert later gave a sworn statement to investigators that she did know law enforcement was looking for the suspects and to assisting them. Doty, 20, was last seen at a party at 5504 Granada Blvd. in the Sun 'n Lake subdivision in Sebring, at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, on June 10. At about 1:30 p.m. on June 11, a burned body was found in the north end of the Sun 'n Lake of Sebring subdivision and was confirmed to be Doty. Arrest warrants for second-degree murder, abuse of a dead human body and tampering with physical evidence were issued for Rodriguez, of 5504 Granada Blvd. in Sebring and Filipe, of the same address, in connection with Doty's death. Rodriguez and Filipe were arrested on June 13 by the U.S. Marshal's Service Task-Force operating out of Orlando. "This is an intensive, methodical and detailed investigation which is continuing with the anticipation of additional arrests as the case develops, Benton said Tuesday in a press release. 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.

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