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Man charged with murder in Great Bend teen’s death

September 7, 2010, 9:35 a.m. Updated September 7, 2010, 11:35 a.m.

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— A Kansas man with a long criminal record was charged with capital murder Tuesday in the death of a 14-year-old Great Bend girl whose badly burned body was found at a plant where he worked.

Adam Joseph Longoria, 36, was charged with capital murder, criminal sodomy, vehicular theft and vehicular burglary and in the August death of Alicia DeBolt. The capital murder charge carries a possible death sentence, and Longoria was represented Tuesday by Jeff Wicks, who works with the Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit.

Kansas Attorney General Steve Six said Tuesday that his office was considering seeking the death penalty but hadn't decided.

Longoria had previously been charged with vehicular theft and burglary in connection with the case. In the Barton County Courthouse Tuesday to hear the new charges, Longoria spent nearly the entire hearing standing and leaning on his fists, staring frequently at DeBolt's family. Asked by the judge if he understood the charges, Longoria looked away from the judge and answered, "Yeah."

Wicks declined to comment after the hearing. Longoria's bond was increased to $1.5 million.

DeBolt disappeared after leaving her home on Aug. 21 to go to a party. Her family reported her missing the next day, leading to an intense search until her body was found Aug. 24 behind a Great Bend asphalt plant. Authorities on Tuesday again refused to say how she was killed.

Alicia would have been a freshman at Great Bend High School this year.

Longoria was arrested in a 2002 white Ford Explorer that police said was stolen from Venture Corp., a Great Bend paving company where he worked and Alicia's body was found. Her body was so badly burned that the Wichita coroner had to use dental records to identify the girl.

Longoria was released May 25 from a Texas prison after serving a seven-year sentence for aggravated robbery. Since 1991, Longoria served prison stints in Texas for charges including burglary, forgery, credit card abuse, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, escape from prison and evading arrest.

Comments

ksjayhawk74 4 years, 3 months ago

Why would you even ask that? Obviously if he was, he wouldn't have been released back in the the United States...

CommonSense66046 4 years, 3 months ago

If he were a Kansas Bred God Fearing Full Blooded American, would the death be less tragic?

tolawdjk 4 years, 3 months ago

As far as I have seen, no, he isn't illegal. Would you have wondered that if his last name was Stuart?

He does appear to have a felloy record a mile long outta Texas with some outstanding warrents from another state that I can't recall. Which makes me wonder why Texas released him without shipping him off on the other warrents.

I don't think he has been in KS long.

puddleglum 4 years, 3 months ago

makes you wanna move to western kansas, huh?

don't worry, the migration continues and it is headed wherever completed infrastructure exists...(thats here, yo)

just relax and say "aceptomos wic"

wdl 4 years, 3 months ago

I would like to wait and see all of the evidence before injecting this guy with his final dose. Generally I don't believe in the death penality, because it is final with no recourse if someone is falsly convicted. Which on many occasions has been proven in this country. On the other hand, if this guy is without a doubt (this is where the problem lies) guilty then he needs to make peace with his god and take the big dirt nap.

What happened to that girl, words can not describe. How are human beings able to do these things to another human being. It would appear their only concern is not getting caught by covering up their calous deed. Who ever did this is a preditor of the highest order and needs to be dealt with on that scale. No mercy, no forgivness, swift and final justice.

akt2 4 years, 3 months ago

Now we get to pay for this deviant to have legal counsel, food, lodging, medical care. Plus we will be taking care of his kids as long as they remain in the state. From what I have seen he has a couple of them. With any luck he will either hang himself in jail, or maybe another inmate will bash his skull in. This is probably too simple to hope for. But I'll keep hoping.

akt2 4 years, 3 months ago

Now we get to pay for this deviant to have legal counsel, food, lodging, medical care. Plus we will be taking care of his kids as long as they remain in the state. From what I have seen he has a couple of them. With any luck he will either hang himself in jail, or maybe another inmate will bash his skull in. This is probably too simple to hope for. But I'll keep hoping.

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 3 months ago

Wow, what did this man do? Put a dartboard up to see how many ways you can qualify for capital murder in this state and then let the darts fly? The only thing missing is murder of a law enforcement officer!

mom_of_three 4 years, 3 months ago

what do you mean -what did he do? He killed a 14 year old girl and did unspeakable things. And you never know when a charge could be dismissed.

Truthspeaker 4 years, 3 months ago

I think you misread Cait's intention behind the post.

acg 4 years, 3 months ago

Here's hoping right along with you akt2. It drives me insane that we feed, house, clothe and provide medical care to these animals. Once he's found guilty, he should be put down like a dog. We should start doing it with a lot more scum. You murder, rape or sodomize a child and you should be put down!!

pbusby 4 years, 3 months ago

I agree, put these evil beings to sleep forever! They know that they will have free everything in prison. We need to be like other countries and actually put them down, one way or another.

LadyLuck 4 years, 3 months ago

How interesting...a long criminal history without any seemingly violent behavior and all of a sudden murder of a child...makes me wonder if he's killed before...how tragic.

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