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Two charged in Huntington Beach cellphone slaying

August 10, 2012 |  1:07 pm

A 23-year-old Huntington Beach man could face life in prison if convicted of killing a man in an altercation that stemmed from an argument over a girlfriend and a stolen cellphone.

A trial for Derek Christopher Adams is scheduled to begin Monday in Orange County Superior Court. He faces murder, robbery and burglary charges in the October 2010 death of Gregory Heintz, who was shot in the stomach in a Huntington Beach park.

Earlier that day, Adams and co-defendant Marissa Star Bilotti, 21, of Huntington Beach, allegedly broke into the home of a Newport Beach man who was dating a woman who Adams was interested in. The two men argued, and Adams allegedly stabbed the man before he and Bilotti fled with the woman's cellphone.

Adams is accused of sending numerous text messages to the woman and arranging to meet her at Murdy Park to return the phone.

She arrived with two friends, including Heintz. Authorities say Adams tossed the phone to Heintz and then shot him before fleeing with Bilotti, who allegedly was armed with a folding knife she had concealed in her vagina.

Bilotti is also charged with murder and other felonies and is to be tried separately.

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-- Mike Anton

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