Prosecutors on Monday continued piecing together their capital murder case against Adam Longoria.
One piece came in testimony that Longoria tried to create an alibi, that he urged a man to lie to police by saying he saw Longoria at a certain bar the night 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt disappeared.
Hugo Hernandez testified that he never saw Longoria at the bar because Hernandez didn’t go there that night. Hernandez said Longoria told him he needed to tell the story because some of Longoria’s friends were in trouble.
Another piece for the prosecution, which has the burden of proof, came when investigators showed jurors remnants of a discarded, torn T-shirt witnesses say Longoria wore the night Alicia was killed.
Longoria, 38, is charged with capital murder in Alicia’s August 2010 killing. Her badly burned body was found three days after she left her home.
Investigators testified that they found part of the ripped-up gray Nike T-shirt against a Great Bend street curb and part of it in debris collected by a street sweeper. Longoria’s girlfriend testified last week that she threw away the shirt after Longoria tore it up. In other testimony, an investigator said security video and other records showed that Longoria was at a Great Bend convenience store from 12:07 to 12:13 a.m. on Aug. 22, a little over an hour after witnesses saw Alicia leave her home and get into a black SUV that matched the description of the SUV that he drove.
A convenience store receipt showed Longoria paid $1.32 for gasoline, just shy of a half gallon, and video showed that he reached into a trash can and took something out. Longoria went to a store with nine security cameras.
A woman who had been a cashier when he came into the store testified that Longoria asked for a container and that she couldn’t find one.
Before Alicia’s body was found, Longoria — who lived in Great Bend with his girlfriend — went to Alicia’s home to “straighten out” that neither he nor the SUV he drove were involved in the girl’s disappearance, Great Bend police Detective Terry Millard testified.
Longoria told the detective, “I don’t even know the girl,” Millard said.
Defense attorneys, who are trying to show that someone else was involved in Alicia’s death, brought out testimony that three other men had come over to Longoria’s house earlier in the day that Alicia disappeared.
Another Great Bend police detective, Heather Smith, testified that Longoria, after first denying he knew Alicia, said he met her at a party earlier that summer but had not seen her since the party.
Longoria told the detective that he sent a text message to Alicia the night she disappeared inviting her to a party with friends. He later said he sent a text message to Alicia at the direction of another man.
He also told the investigator that only he used the black SUV the night Alicia disappeared.
Although Longoria is charged with capital murder, a crime that can carry the death penalty, the prosecution has decided not to seek the death penalty if he is convicted. Longoria instead would face life in prison without parole if convicted. Alicia’s family has issued a brief statement supporting the prosecutors’ decision.