FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida murder suspect who escaped the Broward County Courthouse once again appeared in court, Tuesday morning.
Dayont’e Resiles stood before a judge inside of the same courtroom he escaped weeks ago. This time, though, he had several supporters.
These supporters were seen inside of the courthouse, wearing T-shirts with Resiles’ face and the words “Innocent until proven guilty.”
“I think he’s innocent,” said the suspect’s aunt, Latavious Johnson. “I believe he deserves a fair trial. They just wanna close the case so they peg that on him. I believe he was framed.
Resiles’ brother was escorted outside of the courtroom during the hearing after, deputies said, he was communicating with the 21-year-old inmate.
When asked what the commotion was about, Resiles’ brother simply said he was saying “hello.”
Resiles was captured last week at a hotel in West Palm Beach after a five-day man hunt.
A judge has since put a long list of restrictions in place for Resiles, including no interaction with other inmates, no phone calls and no emails. He can only communicate with his attorneys.
“Your honor, I believe it is unconstitutional as well as unfair to restrain and restrict me from conversing with my immediate family,” said Resiles in a court appearance last Thursday, after his capture.
Resiles told a judge he’s concerned for his own future mental health. “How would they know about my well-being,” he said, “or if something is wrong with me, if I’m mentally disturbed or going through something?”
Instead of relaxing visitation rules, the judge ordered a mental health evaluation for the 21-year-old murder suspect.
His defense attorney, Dohn Williams said that his client did not need a mental health evaluation and was able to cancel the evaluation in court. “We agreed that the evaluation was not necessary, and then we spoke about rescheduling the motion that was supposed to be heard on July 15.”
Resiles was awaiting trial for the murder of a Davie woman in 2014, when he bolted from a Broward County courtroom. Investigators said he had help in planning his escape.
A total of seven accomplices have been arrested in connection with the bail out.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, last Wednesday, they received a tip Resiles was staying in a room at a Days Inn. Cops immediately responded and ordered him out. “He laid on the ground. He allowed us to handcuff him. No force was necessary,” said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.
If convicted, Resiles could face the death penalty.
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