Late the night that 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt disappeared — and days before her burned body was found — Adam Longoria came home with stained clothing and smelling of fuel, according to one account.
Longoria, charged with murdering and sodomizing the Great Bend cheerleader shortly before she was to begin high school, used his girlfriend to help get rid of his clothing, according to the account.
Lisa Brown, 43, says the account comes from details that her 31-year-old sister — Longoria's live-in girlfriend — told her during several conversations. Their brother, Jeff Brown, 34, says his younger sister gave him the same basic account.
Lisa Brown said she is concerned that her sister has become embroiled in the case.
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"I believe she's been manipulated," Lisa Brown said. "I believe she's been lied to. I think he (Longoria) used her, and he's still using her."
Brown's sister, contacted Friday, disputed her sister's account but declined to elaborate.
In a past interview with The Eagle, Brown's sister asked that her name not be used because she was worried about her safety and privacy.
She said in that past interview that she became acquainted with Longoria through letters while he was in a Texas prison. After he was released in May, he came to Great Bend to live with her and her two children, ages 10 and 12, she said.
Longoria has been in and out of Texas prisons since 1991. His convictions include burglary and aggravated robbery, records show.
In Alicia's death, Longoria, 36, has been charged with capital murder — meaning he could face the death penalty if convicted — and sodomy with a child.
Authorities said Alicia had been seen getting into a dark-colored SUV outside her home about 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21. More than two days later, a worker found her burned body several miles west of Great Bend at an asphalt plant where Longoria had worked.
Longoria's defense attorneys could not be reached Friday for comment on the account provided by Lisa Brown.
On Friday, Longoria's attorneys, with the Death Penalty Defense Unit, filed a motion to determine whether Brown's sister and Longoria have a common-law marriage. The defense attorneys argue that under state law, a defendant can prevent his spouse from testifying about any confidential communication between the two.
In interviews with investigators, Brown's sister has "revealed statements made to her by the defendant" that could be protected by "marital privilege" if the two were married, the defense filing says. It notes that at Longoria's arraignment, when asked by the judge about his marital status, he replied "common law."
Lisa Brown said her sister told her this of the night that Alicia disappeared:
Her sister and Longoria had gone out to eat and returned home around 10:30 p.m. Longoria told her he had to leave to meet with undercover police officers, that he was an informant.
He came home around 12:30 a.m., smelling like diesel fuel. When she asked what happened, he said he stopped at the home of a friend and helped the friend deal with car problems.
He used bleach to clean his shoestrings and shoes.
He wore a shirt that had a blood stain.
When Brown's sister told her about the stain, she motioned in a way indicating it was a big stain, Brown said.
Brown's sister, when told of her sister's account of the stain, said it was wrong to say the stain was blood. She didn't elaborate.
According to Brown, her sister told her that Longoria asked her to destroy the shirt. That her sister said the shirt was cut into three pieces. That Longoria asked her to throw out the pieces in three different places. That her sister said she discarded the shirt pieces but didn't say where they were left.
Brown said her sister told her that the couple's Great Bend house smelled like diesel and her vehicle, a black Ford Escape, smelled like fuel — that she had to roll down the windows while getting rid of the shirt because the fumes made her sick.
Brown said her sister told her that Longoria's pants were put in a trash can in the backyard.
When Brown visited the couple's home several days after Alicia disappeared, she noticed that it smelled like fuel.
Her sister said that since July, she had intercepted text messages and phone calls from Alicia to Longoria, Brown said.
"She was upset because Alicia was underage and Adam was a grown man, and she didn't think it was appropriate," Brown said.
As of this past Tuesday, Brown said, her sister told her she believes Longoria is innocent.