[UPDATED with Conviction:] Derek Christopher Adams Guilty of Murdy Park Murder
See Update Nos. 1-2 on opening statements and an email from someone supposedly intimate with the love triangle (square?) at the center of the case.
According to authorities, Adams was pissed that a woman he had eyes on was dating a parolee named Cody Mosher. With his pal Bilotti by his side, Adams went to Mosher's Newport Beach home around 11 a.m. on Oct. 22, 2010, broke down the door and started arguing with Mosher and his girlfriend.
Adams and Bilotti, who are both from Huntington Beach, are accused of stealing money from the woman's purse during the argument, which continued between the women as Adams went into the kitchen to retrieve a knife. He is accused of punching, hitting and ultimately slashing Mosher before stealing the parolee's cell phone and fleeing with Bilotti.
Throughout the day, Adams allegedly sent messages to the girlfriend from Mosher's cell phone before arranging to return it to her at Murdy Park in Huntington Beach. Bilotti allegedly covered the license plate of her car before driving Adams into the park's lot. Concealing a folding knife in her vagina, Bilotti is further alleged to have waited in the car while Adams, who was carrying a firearm, approached the girlfriend and two of her friends around 3:30 p.m.
Adams is accused of throwing the cell phone to one of the friends, Gregory Ryan Heintz, and then shooting the 32-year-old Garden Grove man once in the stomach. Bilotti is said to have removed the license plate cover on her car before Adams rejoined her and they sped off. Dumb move, as witnesses wrote down the plate number and called 9-1-1. Huntington Beach cops quickly swooped in, pulled Bilotti's car over and arrested the pair.
Heintz then died in a local hospital.
Gregory Ryan Heintz, 2010 OC Homicide No. 53: Shot at Murdy Park
Today, a jury trial was to being in Santa Ana for 23-year-old Adams, who is charged with one felony count each of murder, first degree robbery, first degree residential burglary, and aggravated assault with sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury and death and the personal use of a firearm. He could get up to 59 years and four months to life in state prison with a conviction.
Bilotti, now 21, is charged with one felony count each of murder, aggravated assault, and first degree residential burglary with sentencing enhancements for being armed with a firearm and knowingly being vicariously armed with a firearm. She's looking at a Sept. 21 pre-trial hearing date and up to 35 years and four months to life in state prison if found guilty.
But at least she has found love behind bars.