Crime & Courts

First hearing in teen's killing postponed

A hearing set this morning in the capital murder case of Adam Longoria has been continued until next month.

Many of the motions scheduled to be heard today in the killing of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt had been settled by agreement or dropped, including a controversy over whether Longoria was married.

Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts will now be hearing the motions on Nov. 18, when Longoria is set for a preliminary hearing.

Longoria, 36, is charged with capital murder and sodomy with a child. If convicted, he could receive a death sentence.

Capital murder cases have taken, on average, two years when they go to trial.

Motions that were scheduled for today included requests by the defense for procedures and protocol related to forensic testing of evidence.

Attorney General Steve Six also was to oppose a request by Jeff Wicks of the Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit for a standing order to be able to file pleadings under seal, away from public view.

Longoria had originally tried to assert he was married by common law to his girlfriend, Eva Brown, who is expected to be a key witness.

Earlier this week, Longoria filed a statement through his lawyer that he does not claim to be married to Brown.

Authorities have said Alicia was last seen getting into a dark-colored SUV outside her home about 11 p.m. 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.

Click to view the motions and other pleadings in the case.

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