Derek Christopher Adams, a Huntington Beach 24-year-old convicted in August of murdering a man after a day of rage directed at a different man dating a woman the defendant pined for, was sentenced today to 46 years to life in state prison.
Up next on the court docket from the October 2010 shooting at Murdy Park in Huntington Beach is a Dec. 14 pre-trial hearing for the 21-year-old woman who was standing by Adams' side.
Derek Christopher Adams Guilty of Murdy Park Murder
Gregory Ryan Heintz, 2010 OC Homicide No. 53: Shot at Murdy Park
Iftekhar Murtaza and Marissa Star Bilotti, Held in OC Jail for Separate Murders, Tie the Knot Behind Bars
Ken Heintz, the father of Gregory Ryan Heintz, the Garden Grove 32-year-old who died after being shot in the stomach at Murdy Park, reportedly told the
court today, “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.”
Added Jennifer Heintz, the victim's youngest sister, “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.”
The thing is, Heintz was not the person Adams had targeted when the day began. Pissed that a woman he had eyes on was dating a parolee named Cody Mosher, Adams and
Marissa Star Bilotti, who is now his co-defendant, 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.
Keeping in mind that Bilotti, who
is innocent until proven guilty, is only accused of the following, they stole 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
punched, beat and ultimately slashed Mosher before stealing the
parolee's cell phone and fleeing with Bilotti.
day, Adams sent messages to the girlfriend from Mosher's cell
phone before arranging to return it to her at Murdy Park. Bilotti allegedly covered the license plate of her car before
driving Adams into the park's lot around 3:30 p.m. She is further accused of concealing a folding knife in her
vagina while waiting in the car for Adams, who by then was carrying a firearm as he approached the girlfriend, Heintz and another friend.
Adams threw the cell phone to Heintz before shooting him 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 died in a local hospital.
On Aug. 22, a jury found Adams guilty of
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. Bilotti 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 up to 35 years and four months to life in state prison
if found guilty.