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Attorney of accused Seminole Heights killer enters not guilty plea on suspect's behalf

Donaldson waived his right to appear on Tues.
Posted at 9:03 AM, Dec 12, 2017

The attorney for the accused Seminole Heights killer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf at his arraignment on Tuesday morning.

Howell Donaldson III waived his right to appear at his arraignment on Tuesday, December 11 at 9 a.m. According to court documents, the defendant was fully advised of his right to be present at the hearing. 

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"I really would like to see him. I really would like to see his face, you know," said Gloria Felton, Ronald Felton's sister-in-law. "If he did it, he got to pay. If he did it, he got to pay! Do I want him to get the death penalty? That's hard for me. You know, I'm a mother myself. It's hard. IBut whatever comes this way, let it happen."

Victim Monica Hoffa's family says they are also struggling with grief but getting ready for a long court battle.

"Especially through Thanksgiving and Christmas, it's been very difficult not having her there with us," said Yury Gutierrez, Hoffa's Cousin.    

Gutierrez says every day they relive the pain of losing her.

"It's just having faith first in God and then the system that the right thing is going to be done and that there's going to be justice for what was done to our loved one Monica," she said. 

These families are all going through the same challenges but know what lies ahead could bring them some peace.  

"Justice is going to be served. God knows the truth and that things are going to come to light," said Gutierrez.

On Thursday, December 7 State Attorney Andrew Warren announced Donaldson was indicted on four counts of premeditated murder with a firearm. 

On Wednesday, November 29, Howell Emanuel Donaldson III was booked into jail and charged with four counts of First-Degree murder in connection to the murders of Benjamin Mitchell, Monica Hoffa, Anthony Naiboa and Ronald Felton.

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Donaldson's next court date is scheduled for January 25 at 9 a.m.