Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
WOMAN AND MAN CHARGED WITH
DAYLIGHT SHOOTING-MURDER OF MAN IN HUNTINGTON BEACH PARK
SANTA ANA – A woman and man have been charged with murdering a man in a Huntington Beach park after setting up a meeting to return a stolen cell phone. Marissa Star Bilotti, 19, Huntington Beach, (Case #10CF2928) is charged with one felony count each of murder, first degree residential robbery, and first degree residential burglary. Derek Christopher Adams, 22, Huntington Beach, (Case # 10CF2927) is charged with one felony count each of murder, first degree robbery, and aggravated assault with sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death and the personal use of a firearm. If convicted, Bilotti faces a maximum sentence of 31 years to life in state prison and Adams faces a maximum sentence of 57 years to life in state prison.
Both defendants are being held on $1 million bail and are expected to be arraigned today, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
Residential Robbery and Burglary of Victim #1
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on Oct. 22, 2010, Adams and his female friend, Bilotti, are accused of going to the Newport Beach home of Cody Masher, a parolee who was dating a woman in whom Adams was romantically interested. The defendants are accused of breaking down the door and entering Masher’s home to confront him and his girlfriend. They are accused of getting into a verbal argument with Masher’s girlfriend and stealing money from her purse.
Bilotti is accused of continuing to argue with the girlfriend as Adams went into the kitchen to retrieve a knife. Adams is accused of then punching and hitting Masher before stabbing him, causing a superficial wound. The defendants are accused of stealing Masher’s cell phone and fleeing the scene.
Throughout the day, Adams is accused of using Masher’s cell phone to send text messages to the Masher’s girlfriend. He is accused of arranging to meet Masher’s girlfriend at Murdy Park in Huntington Beach to return Masher’s cell phone.
Murder in Huntington Beach Park of Victim #2
Bilotti is accused of covering the license plate of her car and driving Adams to the park. She is accused of concealing a folding knife in her vagina and waiting in the car. Adams is accused of being armed with a firearm and getting out of the car to wait for Masher’s girlfriend.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. Masher’s girlfriend arrived at the park with two friends, including Gregory Heintz. Heintz got out of their vehicle and began to approach Adams. Adams is accused of throwing Masher’s cell phone to Heintz and then shooting him one time in the stomach