GREAT BEND — Adam Longoria talked about having sex with 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt in his car after meeting her at a party, a witness testified Tuesday.
At the party, at his home in July 2010, he told her that if she would go out with him, he would get her a fake ID and clothes and take her out to eat, which was “weird” because Longoria was 36 and Alicia was 14, another witness said. Alicia was “freaking out” because Longoria was sending her text messages after he got her cellphone number from her, the witness said.
Prosecutors are trying to show that Longoria became obsessed with the girl, picked her up from her house the night of Aug. 21, 2010, sodomized her or tried to rape her, killed her and burned her body. They have charged him with capital murder.
Defense attorneys are trying to suggest that someone else killed Alicia and that the evidence against Longoria is circumstantial.
Prosecutors also brought forth testimony Tuesday that Longoria was going around Great Bend asking people to lie about his whereabouts the night Alicia disappeared and trying to clear himself.
Tuesday’s other testimony dealt with physical evidence: gasoline discovered in items where her body was found burned, and a mix of Longoria’s DNA and her DNA in semen left on the driver’s-side floor mat of the black SUV he drove the night she disappeared.
KBI forensic scientist James Newman said he couldn’t say when the semen stain got on the mat. But the fact that it hadn’t degraded meant it was likely more recent, he testified.
The testimony about sex between Longoria and Alicia came when one of his defense attorneys asked Emmanuel Ferrel whether he had a conversation with Longoria after the party where Longoria met Alicia.
After word spread that Alicia was missing, Longoria “became paranoid” about having an alibi for the night she disappeared, Ferrel said. Longoria wanted him to tell investigators that Longoria was with others at a bar, Ferrel said. Longoria repeatedly called and sent text messages asking Ferrel to “lie for him,” Ferrel said.
Miguel Armendariz testified that Longoria acted interested in Alicia at the party and “wanted to have something with her.” When Armendariz told Longoria she was too young, “he didn’t seem to care,” Armendariz said.
Armendariz said Longoria never came over and worked on his car the night Alicia disappeared, contrary to what Longoria told others.
Longoria said he let his friends use his cellphone the night Alicia disappeared and that they sent a text message to her inviting her to a party.
Jurors saw photographs of the girl’s badly burned body. Burning is a way to destroy or hide evidence, forensic pathologist Scott Kipper testified. The evidence was consistent with her being dead and her body then being set on fire, Kipper said.
Although a precise cause of her death couldn’t be determined because of the damage to her body, the death was ruled a homicide partly because melted remnants of duct tape had been found on her face and her lower leg.
Under questioning from a defense attorney, Kipper conceded that he couldn’t tell how she died or who did it.
Whoever burned her body used gasoline. Testing found gasoline in the soil around her body and on remnants of her clothing and on shoes Longoria allegedly wore, said Chris Riddle, a chemist for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Other testing found gasoline in an oil jug found in the area of the body.
Tuesday’s testimony about the gasoline followed testimony that Longoria bought about half a gallon of gas the night Alicia disappeared, and video showed him reaching into a convenience store trash can and removing something.
By Aug. 27, three days after Alicia’s body was found in a secluded area at an asphalt plant outside town, postal clerk Crystal Easley testified, Longoria came in to mail cowboy hats, boots and other items to a Texas address.
He seemed “a little scatter-brained,” having to go back and forth to his car to get things, Easley said.
“I’m never coming back to Great Bend again,” he told her.