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December 3, 2012

MAN SENTENCED TO 46 YEARS TO LIFE FOR SHOOTING-MURDER IN HUNTINGTON BEACH PARK

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , , — fayarfa @ 7:09 pm

*Female co-defendant is pending trial in this case

SANTA ANA - A man was sentenced today to 46 years to life in state prison for shooting and murdering a man in a Huntington Beach park after setting up a meeting to return a stolen cell phone. Derek Christopher Adams, 24, Huntington Beach, was found guilty by a jury Aug. 22, 2012, of one felony count each of second degree murder, grand theft, first degree residential burglary, and aggravated assault with true finding on the sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury and death and the personal use of a firearm.

Co-defendant Marissa Star Bilotti, 21, Huntington Beach, (Case #11ZF0123) 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. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 35 years and four months to life in state prison. Bilotti is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Dec. 14, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-41.

Adams was convicted and Bilotti is accused of the following:

Residential Robbery and Burglary of Cody Mosher
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on Oct. 22, 2010, Adams and his female friend, Bilotti, went to the Newport Beach home of Cody Masher, a parolee who was dating a woman in whom Adams was romantically interested. The defendants broke down the door and entered Mosher’s home to confront him and his girlfriend. They got into a verbal argument with Mosher’s girlfriend and stole money from her purse.

Bilotti is accused of continuing to argue with the girlfriend as Adams went into the kitchen to retrieve a knife. Adams then punched and hit Mosher before stabbing him, causing a superficial wound. The defendants stole Mosher’s cell phone and fled the scene.

Throughout the day, Adams used Mosher’s cell phone to send text messages to Mosher’s girlfriend. He arranged to meet Mosher’s girlfriend at Murdy Park in Huntington Beach to return Mosher’s cell phone.

Murder of Gregory Heintz
Bilotti is accused of covering the license plate of her car and driving Adams to the park. She is accused of concealing a folding knife in her vagina and waiting in the car. Adams was armed with a firearm and got out of the car to wait for Mosher’s girlfriend.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Mosher’s girlfriend arrived at the park with two friends, including Gregory Heintz. Heintz got out of their vehicle and began to approach Adams. Adams then shot Heintz one time in the stomach. Bilotti is accused of removing the cover from her license plate and the two defendants fled the scene.

Witnesses wrote down the defendant’s license plate number and called 911. Huntington Beach Police Officers quickly located the defendant’s car and pulled them over.  The defendants had a firearm in their vehicle when contacted by police. They were arrested at the scene. Heintz was transported the hospital and died shortly thereafter.

Victim Impact Statements
At the sentencing today, the victim’s father, Ken Heintz, told the court, “On [that] day, Derek Adams was in an out-of-control rage, and he became a one-man wrecking crew who conceived, orchestrated and carried out a series of horrific acts that ended in the brutal killing of our innocent and unsuspecting son. Greg never stood a chance against the pent up anger and unwarranted aggression of the criminal monster that Derek Adams became that day.”

The victim’s youngest sister, Jennifer Heintz, also gave a victim impact statement saying, “I will never be able to see Greg again, I will never be able to tell him how much I miss him and how much I love him…Now all I can do is just sit next to his grave and hope that he can hear me when I tell him I love him…”

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