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Wife, 2 others indicted in Navy commander's killing

Navy Cmdr. Alphonso Doss
Navy Cmdr. Alphonso Doss


GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – The Clay County grand jury on Thursday indicted three people in the slaying of decorated U.S. Navy Cmdr. Alphonso Doss. One of those charged with murder is the victim's wife.

Yolinda Doss, 44, the victim's wife, as well as Anthony Washington, 29, and Ronnie Wilson II, 33, are facing charges of first-degree murder.  All three are being held without bond and are scheduled for arraignment next Wednesday.

Investigators said the suspects made the Feb. 12 killing look like a burglary. They believe the suspects' goal was to benefit financially.

Detectives said Yolinda Doss hoped to collect more than $1 million from Doss' life insurance. So Yolinda Doss, her boyfriend Anthony Washington and roommate Ronnie Wilson broke into the commander's motel room where he was living.

An employee of the Astoria Hotel at 150 Park Ave. found 44-year-old Alphonso Doss dead in the Orange Park hotel room about 8:45 a.m. in the morning.

Navy Cmdr. Alphonso Doss
Navy Cmdr. Alphonso Doss

It took time and a lot of detective work, but detectives said Yolinda Doss and Washington both admitted to the crime. They said Wilson wouldn't talk.

"I would like to offer our condolences to the Doss family, for their loss, and it is our sincere hope that the information today will bring some comfort to the family," Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said earlier this month when the arrests were announced.

Doss and his wife were separated at the time of his death, and their Southside home was placed in foreclosure last year.

Cmdr. Alphonso Doss was stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Before that, he led a team that assessed enemy combatants; a group credited with getting Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to admit he was one of the masterminds in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Doss was buried at the Jacksonville National Cemetery with full honors in what was described as a "huge" memorial event.