A California man bludgeoned and stabbed his girlfriend to death and then left her rotting corpse in his bathroom for more than six months, prosecutors said.
Crime scene photos from the alleged murder of 35-year-old Veronica Jones were shown to a jury on the first day of trial on Friday, according to local reports.
Her live-in boyfriend, Devon Epps, 36, is accused of the slaying.
The local coroner said Jones was beaten with a metal table pedestal, raped and then stabbed 32 times.
Her decomposing body was found in the bathtub of the apartment the two shared in Stockton, east of Oakland, on Dec. 5, 2011, six months after Epps allegedly killed her.
At the trial, family members testified that they reported Jones missing in July, a month after she vanished, local Fox News reported.
Police told the family they visited the apartment, but never went inside, her brother, Issac Zunica, said on the stand.
Epps during a December 2011 court appearance. 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.