Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - Adams, a 23-year old man was convicted today of shooting and murdering a man in a Huntington Beach park after setting up a meeting to return a stolen cell phone.
Derek Christopher Adams, 23, Huntington Beach, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count each of second degree murder, grand theft, first degree residential burglary, and aggravated assault 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, 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.
According to the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office, Adams has been convicted as indicated below 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.
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.