Man charged in killing of girl found in duffel bag

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 13, 2019

Emiel Lamar Hunt, 38, reportedly the boyfriend of the girl's mother, was charged Tuesday with one count of murder and is set to be arraigned later in the day, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said.

Authorities just confirmed his arrest on Tuesday, exactly one week after Trinity's body was found by L.A. County maintenance workers at the bottom of an embankment. "Although the Coroner's Office determined the death to be a homicide, the cause of death is being withheld".

This sketch was provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as they worked to identify the young girl found in the duffel bag (right).

That's one of the few details authorities have released about Trinity's death. He is now being held on a $2 million bail. A public defender will be assigned to represent him.

He faces a possible maximum sentence of 50 years to life in prison if convicted on the murder charge.

The victim's name was released by the sheriff's office on Sunday and investigators said two persons of interest had been detained.

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Hunt briefly appeared in court on Tuesday morning, where his arraignment was delayed until next month. Throughout the hearing, the father cried and clenched his fists. They want to know why the girl was allowed to be in the custody of her mother, Taquesta Graham, who is a registered sex offender.

Trinity's father, Antonio Jones, posted an emotional video on Facebook.

"She's an angel now", he said. Family members told KTLA that was Graham and Hunt.

Dozens of heart and star-shaped balloons, flowers, dolls and plush toys of all sizes have been left near the trail since last week. Signs read, "Justice for Trinity", and "Rest in Heaven, Princess".

County workers stumbled across the body, the upper torso of which was protruding from a black roll-away duffle bag, according to police reports. The sheriff's department later released a composite sketch of the girl, along with photos of a pink long-sleeve top with the words "Future Princess Hero" and gray trousers with pandas on them that she was wearing when her body was found.

Investigators believed at the time that she was dumped there sometime on the evening of March 3. We don't have any idea of who this child is, " Lt. Scott Hoglund told reporters last week, calling it a "horrible, tragic case".

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