Four Suspects In Angel Killing Face Judge

Bond Denied To All Four

Published On: Sep 12 2012 01:17:05 PM EDT   Updated On: May 01 2002 01:01:09 PM EDT
MIAMI -

Four Orlando men charged with the kidnapping and murder of Miami high school senior will be held without bond.

"I did not commit a crime," Cesar Mena said through a translator.

Mena appeared in court this morning and spoke through an interpreter, denying he had anything to do with the crime. Circuit Judge Jerald Bagley warned Mena that he might want to remain silent until he has an attorney.

Bagley also appointed attorneys for three of the suspects.

The four men and a 16-year-old are charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, armed kidnapping and armed robbery. Police believe the five kidnapped Ana Maria Angel, 18, and her boyfriend Eddy Portobanco, 18.

Portobanco, who was dumped along I-95 in Pompano Beach, survived a beating and 15 stab wounds. Angel was shot to death. Her body was found along I-95 in south Palm Beach County.

Police believe Joel Lebron pulled the trigger.

"He's very upset, very concerned. He takes the charges very seriously. This is not a game to him," said Lebron's attorney, Steven Bustamante.

The fourth attorney in the case should be named by Friday and then arraignments will begin May 20.

Previous Stories: