[UPDATED:] Gregory Ryan Heintz, OC Homicide No. 53: Shot at Murdy Park
UPDATE: With the release of a statement on the charges and other assorted details, this case is officially weird. We're talking love triangles, the botched return of a stolen cell phone and a fold-up knife hidden in a murder suspect's vagina. Needless to say, new info throughout. Cody Mosher's name was also corrected.
Jealousy may have fueled the chain of events that led to the shooting death of Gregory Ryan Heintz, 32, of Garden Grove, in Huntington Beach's Murdy Park at Norma Drive and Goldenwest Street Friday afternoon.
Here's how a statement just released by the Orange County District Attorney's Office lays it out:
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on Oct. 22, 2010, Derek Christopher Adams, 22, Huntington Beach, and his female friend, Marissa Star Bilotti, 19, Huntington Beach, are accused of going to the Newport Beach home of Cody Mosher, a parolee who was dating a woman with whom Adams was romantically interested. The defendants are accused of breaking down the door and entering Mosher's home to confront him and his girlfriend. They are accused of getting into a verbal argument with Mosher's girlfriend and stealing 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 is accused of then punching and hitting Mosher before stabbing him, causing a superficial wound. The defendants are accused of stealing Mosher's cell phone and fleeing the scene.
Throughout the day, Adams is accused of using Mosher's cell phone to send text messages to the Mosher's girlfriend. He is accused of arranging to meet Mosher's girlfriend at Murdy Park in Huntington Beach to return Mosher's cell phone.
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 is accused of being armed with a firearm and getting 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 is accused of throwing Mosher's cell phone to Heintz and then shooting him one time in the stomach. Bilotti is accused of removing the cover from her license plate and the two defendants are accused of fleeing 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 are accused of having a firearm in their vehicle when contacted by police and were arrested at the scene.
Heintz was transported the hospital and died shortly thereafter.
The hoops at Murdy Park in Huntington Beach
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Bilotti and Adams were scheduled to be arraigned today in Santa Ana.
She is charged with one felony count each of murder, first degree residential robbery and first degree residential burglary. If convicted, Bilotti could be sentenced to 31 years to life in state prison.
Adams faces one felony count each of murder, first degree robbery and aggravated assault with sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death and the personal use of a firearm. His maximum sentence if convicted is 57 years to life in state prison.
Both are being held on $1 million bail.
Bilotti's friends express their disbelief on her Facebook page.
- "I feel completely numb. I know you won't read this, but I miss you and love you so much Marissa. You are a BEAUTIFUL person inside and out. I have your back 100% and I'll always be here for you. Keep your head up and your hopes high little star."
- "So I wish someone could shed some light on this situation for me. I am hearing so many things and it is breaking my heart. . . . Marissa is genuinely a wonderful, sweet, fun-loving person and she deserves so much better than she knows. I will always be here for her but I know it has to be on her own terms and when she is . . . ready to accept my help!! Love you Riss!!!! I am here for you."
- "Whoever actually cares for Marissa should be on their knees praying for her and her family. She actually has a chance to live now and have clarity and a hope in her life. The only people who jones for drugs are the peeps that won't and choose not to deal with their day to day life, cowards!! I should know I WAS ONE."
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