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Man convicted Kansas cheerleader's death

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 6, 2012 at 3:32 p.m.

Adam Longoria watches the jury enter the courtroom during his trial in Barton County District Court in Great Bend, Kan., Friday, April 6, 2012. Longoria is charged with capital murder in the August 2010 death of Alicia DeBolt.

In this undated Aug. 24, 2010, file photo shows Alicia DeBolt, from Great Bend, Kan. On Sept. 7, 2010, Adam Joseph Longoria was charged with capital m...

— A jury on Friday convicted a central Kansas man of capital murder in the killing of a 14-year-old cheerleader whose charred body was found at the asphalt plant where the man worked.

The jury deliberated for less than four hours before returning their verdict Friday in the case of 38-year-old Adam Longoria. The Great Bend man was charged with capital murder in the August 2010 death of Alicia DeBolt.

Alicia was last seen alive when she left her home in Great Bend for a party just before midnight Aug. 21, 2010. Her family reported her missing the next day, setting off a search that ended three days later when her remains, with traces of duct tape on her ankles and face, were found at the Venture Corp. plant. Alicia's remains were so badly burned that the coroner had to rely on dental records to identify her.

Longoria was 36 when he began pursuing the teen after meeting her at a party in July that year.

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