By Jane Nambi
A man murdered his girlfriend and stayed with her dead body for several months before being discovered.
35-year-old Veronica Jones mother ten was reported missing last year in June and her body was discovered only six months later when her boyfriend, Devon Epps was evicted from the house. It was the manager of the apartment who discovered her body. Authorities reported that her face was beaten beyond recognition.
Epps kept the dead body of Jones in the bathtub and had already started rotting by the time it was discovered. Two days after the body was discovered, Epps was arrested and charged with murder. According to management at his building, he suffered from mental problems and kicked him out for incidents relating to his illness.
“Violence, yelling, screaming, destruction, and women locked in the room,” apartment management employee Leslie Pearcesaid upon his arrest.
Jurors were shown graphic images of the crime scene during Epps’ trial, which began on Friday. The coroner says Jones was bludgeoned with a metal pedestal, molested and stabbed 32 times. “It’s morbid, it’s disgusting,” Jones’ brother, Isaac Zuniga, said when the victim’s body was first discovered. “I’m horrified by the experience my sister went through.”
It is not clear how long Jones has been dead for.