Sex ring suspects plead not guilty

Family and friends related to missing mother Brittney Wood were in Mobile County court Thursday, May 15 where they entered a plea of not guilty to charges surrounding a sex ring involving children.

Wendy Wood Holland, William Brownlee, Dustin Alton Kent, Mendy Wood Kent, James Cumba, Nelton Lloyd Morgan and Chessie Wood are all accused of sexually abusing children.

The district attorney’s office said Randall Wood, who is also facing charges in this, case waived his right to an arraignment but did enter a plea of not guilty.

A then 19-year-old Brittney Wood was last seen with her uncle Donald Holland on May 30, 2012.

Authorities said Holland killed himself shortly after with Brittney’s gun.

After his suicide, nearly a dozen relatives and family friends were arrested and charged with various sex crimes against children in what some law enforcement officials have called the worst child sex ring in the state of Alabama.

They are expected to appear in court again August 7.

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