In 2009, Eva Brown met Adam Longoria on an Internet site. In May 2010, she drove to Texas and brought the ex-con to Great Bend to live with her.
By August 2010, after 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt disappeared from her Great Bend home one night, Brown was getting questions from police about Longoria’s actions.
For a while, Brown did what Longoria told her to do, she said Friday, the second day of testimony in his capital murder trial. He told her to throw away the remains of a shirt he wore when he left the night Alicia disappeared, and she did it. He told her to tell police he was at a bar that authorities say he wasn’t at, and she did that, she said.
One thing she didn’t do for him: “He wanted us to get married … so I wouldn’t have to testify against him,” Brown said. Their relationship ended in January 2011.
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Under prosecutor Kevin O’Connor’s questioning, Brown said Longoria came home smelling of gasoline late the night that Alicia disappeared and that Brown’s SUV, which he drove that night, smelled of gas the next morning. Three days after Alicia disappeared, employees found her charred body at an asphalt plant where Longoria had begun working.
Neighbors saw Alicia leave her home with her cellphone and get into a dark-colored SUV around 11 p.m. Aug. 21, 2010.
That same night, around the same time, Longoria left the home he shared with Brown and her two children and left in Brown’s black Ford Escape, Brown testified. Alicia lived a few blocks away.
After what seemed like 15 minutes, Longoria showed back up that night, Brown said. O’Connor pressed Brown about whether the time span was that short.
When Longoria got home, Brown noticed he was dirty; he said he had been working on someone’s car. To her, he smelled like gas. He changed clothes and began washing his soiled clothes. He left again and returned not long after she sent him a text message around 12:30 a.m.
Later that morning, she noticed that her SUV that he had driven the night before also smelled of gas. She had to roll down the windows. She looked for her can of air freshener but couldn’t find it.
That Sunday, she got a text message and photo of Alicia from a friend saying the girl was missing. She showed the message to Longoria, who said he didn’t know the girl, Brown testified.
When Brown took Longoria’s clothes out of the dryer the day after Alicia disappeared, his pants were still stained. He said he would throw them away. He washed the gym shoes he had worn the night before in a tub. He put his shoe laces in a cup of bleach.
“Did you ask him about it?” O’Connor, the prosecutor, asked. “No,” Brown replied.
The next day, a Monday, while Alicia was still missing, Alicia’s sister and aunt came to Brown’s home, saying Brown’s SUV matched the description of the SUV Alicia was last seen in. Brown called Longoria and asked if he knew anything about it, and he said he didn’t, Brown testified.
At some point, Longoria told Brown he had told police he was at a certain bar the night Alicia disappeared, and he asked her to tell investigators he had been at the bar, Brown said.
At another point, Longoria tore into pieces the shirt he had worn the night Alicia disappeared and asked “for me to throw it away,” Brown said. “He said if I loved him enough I would throw it away.”
She went to get cigarettes for him and threw the shirt pieces out in different spots; later, she showed police the locations.
Alicia had met Longoria, then 36, at a party on July 17.
Brown said that after the July party, she sent Alicia a message saying she needed to quit texting Longoria. Authorities say it was Longoria who used a series of texts to try to lure Alicia into a vehicle.
In the courtroom Friday afternoon, Longoria, dressed in a coat and tie and at times squinting through glasses, appeared to listen closely to Brown’s testimony.
Defense attorney Tim Frieden seemed to challenge Brown’s accounts to investigators. When Frieden asked Brown if she was telling the truth, she said, “yes.”
Earlier Friday, a former co-worker of Longoria’s said Longoria told him that Alicia had a “really nice body” and that she didn’t look like a 14-year-old.
Longoria said he had met her at a party, that he found out her age and that he had nothing going on with her, former co-worker Adam Rios testified. Rios said he spoke with Longoria on the Monday following the Saturday night that Alicia disappeared.
Other testimony focused on the discovery and documentation of Alicia’s badly burned body, found at the asphalt plant where Longoria had worked. Investigators found her body still clothed, her shorts unbuttoned, and the remains of what was later determined to be duct tape over her nose and mouth, KBI Agent Cory Latham testified. She also had duct tape on one ankle.
It was clear that her body had been set on fire at that spot, Latham said. Burn patterns circled her body.
Her fingers grasped a piece of jewelry.