Great Bend 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.