Two suspects in Edward Ross murder case enter not guilty pleas

Abel Ortiz and Andre Bivins enter not guilty pleas for the murder of Edward Ross. (WJHG/WECP)

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to court records, two of the five suspects arrested in the murder of Panama City Beach resident Edward Ross have entered pleas.

Court documents show legal counsel for 30-year-old Andre Bivins entered a not guilty plea back in late February. Bivins is facing a first degree murder charge for the death of Edward Ross.

Abel Ortiz,17, had his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon where his public defender entered a written not guilty plea. Ortiz is facing second degree murder charges in addition to a home invasion robbery charge.

Newschannel 7 and Local 18 News have also learned both Abel Ortiz and 16-year-old Jorge Hernandez, another suspect in the Ross murder case will be tried as adults.

On December, 29, 2019 the Bay County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting in Panama City Beach. Deputies found Edward Ross shot multiple times, he was taken to Bay Medical Center, and later died.

According to the court documents, witnesses on scene described three men entering the home. Video surveillance shows two white cars at a gas station within two blocks of the home.

Andre Bivins, 30, from Leon County, Jorge Hernandez, 16, of Panama City, and Joshua Campbell, 21, of Panama City Beach, Jorge Perez, 20, of Chipley, and Abel Ortiz, 17, who is homeless were all arrested for the murder of Edward Ross.

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