The California authorities announced Tuesday assassination attacks against a man after a young girl from nine years ago was found dead in a duffle bag along a horse racing road.
Emiel Lamar Hunt, 48, was charged on Tuesday for murdering Trinity Love Jones, the sheriff's office in Los Angeles said.
Hunt – who is supposed to be the boyfriend of Trinity's mother – was arrested Saturday night after investigators had him sleeping in his car in a park near San Diego International Airport. Hunt is being held on a bail of $ 2,000,000 and is expected to be brought before Tuesday afternoon.
The medical investigator's office had determined that Trinity's death was a murder, but the cause of death was withheld, the sheriff said Monday.
The authorities initially arrested two people in the case, including Hunt. The sheriff department said that information about the second person of interest was withheld pending further investigation.
Trinity & # 39; s body was dumped sometime on the evening of March 3 near an equestrian trail in Hacienda Heights. It was discovered on the morning of March 5 by maintenance staff in Los Angeles County, the LASD said last week.
The child's body was partially found in a black, wheeled bag, and her upper body was seen as protruding from the bag. No clear signs of trauma were found on her body, the sheriff said last week.
The LASD had issued a composite sketch of Trinity, in which the public was encouraged to identify the little girl.
Trinity wore gray pants with a panda print and a pink shirt with & # 39; Future Princess Hero & # 39; on it.
Antonio Jones told KTLA that Trinity was his youngest daughter and that he heard of her death through a phone call.
In a Facebook post, Jones wrote: "It's strange that I haven't heard anything about the fact that a little girl's body is found[[[[sic]in a suitcase until this morning, but so many people have. This was my youngest daughter who I only wanted to reach to have a conflict … "
In social media reports, Jones suggested that Trinity had not stayed with him and that family members would not show him. In a Facebook post on Monday, he referred to Hunt as the "boyfriend of my baby momma" and accused Hunt of "killing my youngest princess."
Jones told KTLA that Trinity & # 39; full of character, full of life, full of joy & # 39; used to be.
"She was just the best," he said.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said investigators "would do everything in their power to find out what had happened."