New Yorkers Plead Not Guilty to Charges in Orlando Melee

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by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

Two of three people arrested for their involvement in a March 5 melee outside the Orlando City Stadium have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Felix Vazquez, 27, and Katerine Sopilidis, 24, both of the Bronx, each entered written not guilty pleas this past week. Vazquez faces two felony charges: aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence. He is also charged with two misdemeanors: resisting an officer without violence and disorderly conduct.

Sopilidis faces misdemeanor charges of affray and resisting an officer without violence. Sopilidis waived her right to appear in court to enter her plea.

The two are being tried separately and each has filed notice to the State of Florida to produce videos of their arrests within 15 days. The videos not only include any taken by law enforcement but those produced by witnesses to the incident. Both also entered Notices to Participate in Discovery which allows the defense to receive the names and addresses of anybody the prosecution knows to have relevant information about the case, as well as all statements or materials collected in the investigation.

A clerk with The Defense Group, the firm representing Sopilidis, said this process has yet to begin. Vazquez is being represented by a public defender. Vazquez faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison if convicted on the battery charge.

The third person charged, Luciano Migliore, has yet to enter a plea and is set to be arranged on April 5 on two misdemeanor charges.