LA County man charged in killing of girl found in duffel bag

Posted at 11:51 AM, Mar 12, 2019

(AP/KSBY) – Los Angeles prosecutors have charged a man in the killing of a 9-year-old girl whose body was found in a duffel bag along a suburban horse trail.

Emiel Lamar Hunt, 38, was charged Tuesday with murder in the killing of Trinity Love Jones.

Emiel Lamar Hunt


The girl’s body was found March 5 in the Los Angeles-area suburb of Hacienda Heights.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released a sketch of the girl to identify her and say they received an overwhelming response.

Hunt faces arraignment Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Pomona.

Authorities say Hunt is the boyfriend of Trinity’s mother. He was arrested Saturday. Sheriff’s officials say he was found sleeping in his car near the San Diego International Airport.

Prosecutors say Hunt has a previous child abuse conviction from 2005 in San Diego County.

If convicted, Hunt faces a sentence of up to 50 years to life in state prison.

Hunt was in custody and could not be reached for comment. He is being held on $2 million bail.

Sheriff’s officials say they are withholding information about a second person of interest in the case as the investigation is ongoing.