Suspects plead not guilty in man-left-in-the-woods-to-die case

From left to right: Justin Bey, Raymond Jones, April Jones, Samantha McClellan (Forest Co. Jail)
From left to right: Justin Bey, Raymond Jones, April Jones, Samantha McClellan (Forest Co. Jail)

CRANDON – Four people who allegedly beat up a man and left him in the woods to die pleaded not guilty Tuesday or had those pleas entered for them.

Justin Bey, Samantha McClellan, and Raymond Jones entered not guilty pleas. April Jones stood mute and the judge entered a not guilty plea for her, according to online court records. A scheduling conference four all four suspects is set for July 28. No trial date was set.

The victim met one of the suspects online and traveled to Forest County. After the suspects claim the man inappropriately touched a child, they allegedly beat the man for several days and left him for dead in the woods for wolves to eat. He was later found by ATV riders. No charges are planned against the victim for the alleged touching incident, the district attorney has said.

Bey faces five felony and four misdemeanor counts. Raymond Jones faces five felony and three misdemeanor counts. McClellan and April Jones face four felony and two misdemeanor counts. A hearing on McClellan’s motion to dismiss the case is set for June 3.

The Forest County case is being handled by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom, as all four defendants requested a change in judge.

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