A man who lived with his girlfriend’s rotting corpse for six months has been convicted of raping and murdering her. San Joaquin County jurors yesterday found Devon Epps guilty of murder, as well as murder by torture and rape. Epps, from Stockton, was arrested after an apartment manager found the badly decomposed body of 35-year-old Veronica Jones in a bathtub in December 2011. At the time, Jones had been missing for six months.
Jones, a mother-of-ten, was bludgeoned in the head with a metal table pedestal, raped with a foreign object and stabbed 32 times. Her body was stashed in the bathtub. According to authorities, her face had been beaten beyond recognition.
After his arrest, his apartment building manager said he was violent and disturbed. “The only thing they told me is that it’s not a crime to be missing, that they have a right not to talk to family or friends, and she was basically not missing,” Zuniga said, according to the station. Epps was eventually evicted from the apartment, and an apartment manager discovered Jones body. Epps was arrested and charged with murder two days later.
The evil is strong in this one…