Boxer Felix Verdejo has entered a plea of not guilty on charges of murder, carjacking, and kidnapping.
A federal court hearing was held on May 11. Verdejo appeared on a video call. His legal representatives informed federal magistrate Camille Velez Rive of the not guilty plea. Hato Rey, Puerto Rico was the site of the court session.
It has been ruled that Verdejo will remain in a Guaynabo prison without bail. Verdejo is facing charges of carjacking resulting in death, kidnapping resulting in death, and killing of an unborn child. Since this is a federal case, Verdejo could receive the death penalty if he is found guilty of any of the crimes.
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Verdejo has a contract with Top Rank Boxing. Bob Arum told WAPA-TV that he won’t be releasing Verdejo until the trial has been completed.
“Anyone involved in this murder has obviously committed a heinous act. That said, we are aware that Felix has been arrested and is in police custody… but we must remember that in the American legal system, a person is innocent until proven (guilty).
“So in that sense, even if he was released on bail, we won’t promote him in [another] fight… (but) we will not release him unless he is convicted and that is our official position. This is truly tragic. All of this is unimaginable. He was always well-mannered. If he was really involved in this tragedy, it is truly unfortunate.”