CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- The woman accused of having a hand in the disappearance of Pilar Rodriguez will be going to trial. Melissa Harding Jones accepted a plea deal in the case of the missing Punta Gorda toddler, but WINK News is learning that deal is off the table.
The last time Melissa Harding Jones was at the Charlotte County courthouse, she accepted a plea deal but the judge said no. This time, no plea deal and her lawyers are set to go to trial.
Harding Jones was not in court Wednesday as her lawyer argued on her behalf. She's accused of standing by while her boyfriend at the time allegedly killed Pilar Rodriguez.
Her attorney asked the state to pay for expert witnesses for Harding Jones because she says she couldn't afford it. The judge said no.
Her attorney told WINK News the plea deal is now off the table and that it was the state's choice.
A trial date has not yet been set. Her next court date is set for February.