Kan. suspect seeks to bar family emotion at trial

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Attorneys for the Kansas man accused of killing a 14-year-old Great Bend girl have asked the court to bar the teen’s family from showing emotion in the courtroom during his trial.

The motion filed last week in the capital murder case of Adam Longoria also asks Judge Hannelore Kitts to keep the girl’s family and friends from sitting directly before the jury.

The 37-year-old Great Bend man is charged with capital murder in the death of Alicia DeBolt, whose charred body was found at the asphalt plant where Longoria worked in August 2010. Alicia had disappeared days earlier from her Great Bend home.

No trial date has been set. If convicted of capital murder, Longoria would face life in prison without parole. Prosecutors have said they won’t pursue the death penalty.