Mom's Boyfriend Charged In Trinity Love Jones Murder; Many Questions Remain

Police found him sleeping in his car near San Diego International Airport on Saturday and arrested him.

March 13, 2019

Photo by: Emiel Lamar Hunt; Trinity Love Jones [Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department]

Emiel Lamar Hunt; Trinity Love Jones [Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department]

By: Catherine Townsend

LOS ANGELES, CA — A suspect has been charged with murder in the case of the nine-year-old girl whose body was found in a duffel bag in Los Angeles, police say.


Emiel Lamar Hunt, 38, was charged Tuesday with one count of murder in connection with the death of Trinity Love Jones, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

County workers found Trinity’s body on March 5 near a horse trail in Hacienda Heights, ABC News reported. Police released sketches of the victim at the time and asked for the public’s help in identifying her.

Photo by: Sketches of girl later IDed as Trinity Love Jones [Los Angeles Sheriff's Department]

Sketches of girl later IDed as Trinity Love Jones [Los Angeles Sheriff's Department]

According to authorities, investigators believe that Hunt is the boyfriend of the victim’s mother. Police found him sleeping in his car near San Diego International Airport on Saturday and arrested him. His bail has reportedly been set at $2 million.

The Root reports that Hunt has a previous child-abuse conviction from 2005. He reportedly served up to 10 years in prison for the abuse of his own son.

Police have announced that a second person of interest, whom they are not identifying, has been detained. The sheriff's office has stated that "information regarding the second person of interest is being withheld pending further investigation."

Despite that, reports state that the victim's family is speaking out and sharing that the second person detained is the child's mother, Taquesta Graham. Graham is reportedly a registered sex offender, based on a case from 2009.

Trinity's family members are demanding answers, and want to know why she was allowed to be in the custody of Graham, because of her sex offender status.

The sheriff's office has also announced that it is withholding the exact cause of death.

Read more: The Root, ABC News, KTLA, KTLA (2)

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