The man once called a person of interest in the death of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt is now charged in her death. The Attorney General filed charges against 36-year-old Adam Longoria in Barton County Tuesday. He faces capital murder and sodomy charges for DeBolt's death.
While in court, Longoria looked at the ceiling and out into the gallery appearing to show little interest in the proceedings. He didn't react when the judge described he could face the death penalty for the charges. He still faces counts for car theft and burglary, accused of stealing a work truck and fleeing after being interviewed by police.
DeBolt's body was found badly burned at an asphalt plant near Great Bend back on August 23rd. Tuesday the Attorney General said he was confident Longoria was the only person involved in her death. "At this point, based on the investigation we do not anticipate charging any other individuals relating to the murder of Alicia," Attorney General Stephen Six said.
He says they've followed all of the leads and everything points back to Longoria. He wouldn't reveal any evidence or say whether there was a motive. Six says it will all come out in court. He says people shouldn't listen to the rumors. "A lot of it is off base and I would not trust those forums as a source for any information. The credible information will be set out in court," he said.
Many in Great Bend say they're relieved an arrest has been made. "It's a lot easier to sleep at night when you know someone is behind bars and can't do this to somebody else," said resident Crystal Shulz.
One of Longoria's neighbors also says she's relieved. Samantha Flores says his behavior changed after DeBolt's body was found and authorities searched his house. "He was acting so weird, he wasn't the same as he used to be," she said. Flores says he was starting to scare her and didn't know what he was capable of doing.
Longoria is now being held on a $1.5 million bond. If he is able to post bond, the judge wants to hold a hearing before that is allowed. Also, the AG will officially decide whether to seek the death penalty once Longoria is arraigned. That court date has not yet been set. The attorneys and judge as supposed to have a conference call later this week to work out schedules and hearing dates.
Expect updates as this story develops on-air, online and on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/KWCH12).