LOS ANGELES (KUSI) – One week after a 9-year-old girl’s body was found in a duffel bag, Los Angeles County officials have charged a man with murder.
Emiel Lamar Hunt, 39, was charged Tuesday in the death of Trinity Love Jones. Trinity’s body was found March 5 in light brush near an equestrian trail in Hacienda Heights.
Authorities believe Hunt killed Trinity on or around March 1, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. Officials have not released a possible motive.
The girl’s body was found with her head and upper body protruding from a partially zipped duffel bag.
Trinity Love Jones’ body was found in a roll-away black duffel bag, authorities said. Hunt is reportedly the boyfriend of Trinity’s mother, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. As Hunt appeared in court to face the murder charge on Tuesday, Trinity’s father, Antonio Jones, stood up and shouted at him.
“You killed my daughter!’ Jones screamed. Throughout the hearing, the father cried and clenched his fists.
Trinity’s grandmother, Barbara Jones, told reporters that she felt enraged after learning that Hunt had been charged.
“I felt like a monster, like I wanted to do to him what he did to her, or what is alleged he did to her,” she told reporters outside the courthouse.
Hunt’s bail was set at $2 million, and his arraignment was continued to April 16. A public defender will be assigned to represent him.
If convicted of murder, Hunt could face up to life in prison.
Authorities have arrested a second person, but information about that “person of interest is being withheld pending further investigation,” the sheriff’s department said.
After the hearing, Antonio Jones said he wanted to grieve and focus on how loved his daughter was.
“She’s an angel now,” he said. “Trinity’s happy, she’s in a better place.”
*4th UPDATE* #LASD Murder Charges Filed in Trinity Love Jones Case, Hacienda Heights
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Investigators are announcing the arrest of Suspect Emiel Lamar Hunt, male Black 38 years-old, for the murder of Victim Trinity Love Jones.
From the onset of the investigation, Homicide Investigators worked tirelessly to identify the victim, review evidence and conduct interviews in furtherance of hundreds of tips received from the community. Investigators identified Emiel Hunt as a person of interest and began focusing on his whereabouts.
During the early morning hours on Saturday, March 9, 2019, investigators located Emiel Hunt sleeping in his vehicle, which was parked in a lot near San Diego International Airport. He was arrested without incident and booked at Norwalk Sheriff’s Station. Emiel Hunt is reportedly the boyfriend of Trinity’s mother, and was recently a Los Angeles County resident.
On Monday, March 11, 2019, investigators submitted their case for review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office – Pomona Court. On Tuesaday, March 12, 2019, one count of murder with a 2,000,000 bail was filed on Emiel Lamar Hunt for the murder of Trinity Love Jones. Suspect Hunt is scheduled to be arraigned later this afternoon.
Information regarding the second person of interest is being withheld pending further investigation. The homicide investigation is ongoing.
Investigators anticipate releasing additional case information as more facts are established and verified.
The March 9, 2019, booking photograph of Suspect Emiel Lamar Hunt is attached. If you believe you have any additional information regarding this case, you are encouraged to contact investigators at Homicide Bureau 323-890-5500.
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