Pregnant Teen Anyssia Katherine Escamilla, Remains Found in Landfill/ Boyfriend Jesus Francisco Avitia Jr., 18, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and is scheduled to return to court Jan. 19.

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Post by NiteSpinR on Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:17 am

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12:42 PM PDT, August 5, 2010

FONTANA, Calif. -- Authorities in Fontana say they have found the remains of a missing pregnant teenager at a landfill in Corona.

Searchers began looking for the remains of 17-year-old Anyssia Katherine Escamilla in May after her boyfriend admitted to killing her and dumping her body in the trash.

The remains were found Wednesday afternoon by a search dog, according to investigators who spent 78 days searching landfills in Rialto and Corona.

"We were looking for the remains of a 5 foot 4 inch, 120 pound girl in 30,000 tons of rubbish," said Sgt. Billy Green of the Fontana Police department during a news conference.

Police received confirmation Thursday morning from the coroner's office that the remains were those of Escamilla

Prosecutors say 18-year-old Jesus Avitia Jr. told police he killed Escamilla and dumped her body in a trash can near his home.

She was reported missing on May 11 when she failed to return home from school. Escamilla was three months pregnant with Avitia's baby. She also has a 3-year-old son from another relationship.

The Escamilla family, through their tears, thanked the searchers for making sure their baby wasn't left to be buried in a dump.

"Thank the Lord for bringing Anyssia home," Priscilla Escamilla, Anyssia's mother said. Priscilla Escamilla went to the landfill where they found her daughter's body yesterday afternoon when she heard searchers were about to give up looking for Anyssia. She called out to her daughter and within an hour, she received word that searchers had finally found what they were looking for.

"We miss you so much. Although you are not here in body, your presence remains in our hearts," Jorge Escamilla said as he tried to hold back tears.

Investigators believe Avitia killed Escamilla because she was pregnant and wanted to have the baby against his wishes. They say with his confession and now a body, their case is stronger than ever.

Avitia has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and is being held on $2 million bail.

Prosecutors say the murder charges against Avitia carry a special-circumstance allegation of multiple murder, but they have not decided whether to seek the death penalty, said Susan Mickey, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County district attorney's office.

Investigators say Avitia gave conflicting statements as to how Escamilla was killed. They're trying to determine a motive, though Avitia indicated he was unhappy that his girlfriend was carrying his child.

Priscilla Escamilla says Avitia's family didn't approve of the relationship because her daughter had a 3-year-old boy.

"They just didn't want them together and they still secretly saw each other," she told KTLA.

"I loved her so much. I just want her back," she added.

Family members say Escamilla and Avitia had been dating for about a year.

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Post by Guest on Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:33 pm

This creep should have the Laci/Conner Peterson law to deal with. He took 2 lives not one. He killed a little boy’s Mother and threw someone’s little girl away like trash. How interesting that her Mom showed up at the landfill as they were about to quit searching and called out to her Daughter and they found her. Wow.
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Post by Nama on Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:18 am

The disappearance of 17-year-old Anyssia Katherine Escamilla transformed from a missing person's case to a homicide in May. It was an investigation that kept relatives of the Bloomington High School student on edge for three months.
Fontana police and sheriff's personnel found Anyssia's body in August after searching two landfills.
The teen was three months pregnant with her boyfriend's child when she was killed. Her boyfriend, Jesus Francisco Avitia Jr., 18, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and is scheduled to return to court Jan. 19.

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Post by Nama on Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:59 am

She also has a 3-year-old son from another relationship.
She must have been 14 when her first child was born. I'm just sitting here shaking my head. :no:

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Normal UPDATE: Jesus Avitia Jr. Convicted For Murdering Girlfriend Anyssia Escamilla & Acquitted For The Death Of Her Unborn Baby!!!

Post by NiteSpinR on Sun Jun 30, 2013 4:12 pm

June 10, 2013
A jury convicted Jesus Francisco Avitia Jr. of voluntary manslaughter for the 2010 slaying of his teen girlfriend, but acquitted him in the death of the 3-month-old unborn baby she was carrying.

Prosecutors had sought first-degree murder convictions in the deaths of Anyssia Escamilla, 17, of Bloomington, and second-degree murder for the unborn fetus. The case triggered an 11-week search of two area landfills to find the remains. Avitia’s attorney raised questions during the trial about whether Escamilla was pregnant.
The mixed verdict Monday, June 10, followed a trial of more than two weeks. Judge Steve Mapes ordered Avitia, 21, of Fontana, who is in custody, to return July 18 for sentencing.

Escamilla's family sobbed in court after the verdicts were read. They declined to comment as they left the Fontana courthouse.
“I think it’s a just verdict; it’s the verdict that I asked the jury to return for my client,” defense attorney Miles Clark III said later in a phone interview. “My client did in fact kill his girlfriend, after she said some horrible things to him … he killed her in the heat of passion.”

Prosecutors, along with the family, were disappointed with the verdict. Escamilla family members hugged Deputy District Attorney Morrissa Cardoza after the court session ended.

“All along we contended and felt that justice could only be served with a murder conviction on both counts, so we obviously disagree with the jury’s findings, but ultimately we respect the justice system,” San Bernardino County District Attorney spokesman Christopher Lee said in an emailed statement.

Avitia testified at the trial that during an afternoon meeting at his home May 11, 2010, he became enraged when Escamilla told him the baby was not his, that she was going to end the pregnancy, leave him, and see other people, Clark said. He said Avitia claimed Escamilla started hitting him.

“He turned her around and choked her with his forearm, and before he knew it he had choked her to death,” Clark said.
Clark, who called the pregnancy “alleged,” said he spoke to about half the jury after the verdict. He said they told him they could not convict on the death of the unborn baby because they felt the only evidence Escamilla was pregnant – a clinic urine test with no follow-up blood test and no ultrasound, “was insufficient evidence to determine if she was pregnant, and how far along she was,” Clark said.

Avitia was arrested 10 days after Escamilla's disappearance. At first he denied the slaying “but then came around and told the truth to officers,” Clark said.

He told investigators that he had placed the body in a trash can near his Fontana home.

The trash can had already been collected by garbage haulers a week earlier, leading detectives to search for more than 78 days the two landfills where the trash would have been taken. The remains were found in early August in the El Sobrante Landfill in Corona.

Avitia could face a sentence of three, six or 11 years, Clark said. If convicted as charged, he could have faced a possible maximum sentence of 25 years to life for first-degree murder, 15 years to life for second-degree murder, with those sentences ordered served consecutively.

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