The defendant faithfully attended every court hearing, and was pleasant to the judge. On Friday morning, when he entered Courtroom 7750 at the County Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale, he fully expected charges against him would be dropped.
Instead, the judge revoked bond for John Ross and ordered him into custody. As he was about to be handcuffed, the father of three fled, jumped into the New River and drowned within minutes.
Ray Castellanos, 35, was working on a boat docked along the river when Ross appeared."He stopped right in front of me and asked if he could get on."