OAKLAND -- An East Oakland man in 2011 shot his underage girlfriend twice in the back of the head execution-style then stashed her body in a nearby abandoned house for eight months before police made the gruesome discovery, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday.
"She was essentially hid from her family and the people who cared for her, the people who were looking for her," said deputy district attorney Tim Wagstaffe in opening statements at the murder trial for 23-year-old Adrian Blocker. Blocker is accused of the June 18, 2011, killing of 17-year-old Onika Jones, who had been a victim of domestic violence by Blocker dating back to at least 2010.
"What the police came upon was awful," Wagstaffe said.
In addition to murder, Blocker is charged with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly shooting Onika in the foot during an argument in May 2011. That crime was unsolved until her body was discovered in February 2012 because the teen lied to police about knowing her attacker's identify, Wagstaffe said. Blocker is also charged with burglarizing a neighbor's house in March 2011 and stealing a .45-caliber gun that Wagstaffe said has been matched by ballistics experts to bullets used to kill Jones and the previous shooting.
Spencer Strellis, Blocker's attorney, declined the opportunity to give an opening statement on Thursday.
Oakland police were searching for Onika as a missing person in August 2011 when they first went to Blocker's family home at 98th Avenue and C Street to question him about her whereabouts.
As a relative answered the door, Blocker ran to his bedroom and threw several .45-caliber bullets, a clip for a .45-caliber gun, and a .357-caliber revolver out the window, Wagstaffe said.
Blocker told detectives that he believed Onika was in Reno in an attempt to direct their attentions out of state, while he knew that Onika's body was inside an abandoned house a "literal stone's throw" away from his own home, according to the prosecutor.
After police arrested Blocker on suspicion of murder, Blocker told officers that he found Onika's body on what would have been her 18th birthday, two days after she was killed. He said he gave her a "goodbye kiss" but never told police about discovering her dead body because he "wanted to do to them, whoever did this, what they did to her," Wagstaffe said.
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