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Mom, 28, joins friend in facing a murder charge in the death of a 9-year-old girl was found in a duffel bag

The prosecutors have charged Taquesta Graham, a mother with murder in the death of her 9-year-old daughter, whose body was found in a bag along a suburban horse trail in the neighborhood of Los Angeles.
(Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

A California mother whose 9-year-old daughter was found dead, stuffed in a duffel bag near a horse trail earlier this month has been charged with her murder, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Taquesta Graham, 28, was charged Wednesday with one count of murder in connection with the death of her daughter, Trinity Love Jones.

Graham’s friend, Emil Hunt, 38, was charged earlier this month with one count of murder in the case. Hunt has a previous conviction for child abuse with great bodily injury, and other in connection with the seduction of a minor for prostitution, according to a criminal complaint cited by the local media.

Graham and Hunting are believed to have killed the child on or around 1 March and dumped her body near the trail, a criminal complaint said. The body was found March 5 on the bottom of an embankment in Hacienda Heights, about 20 miles east of Los Angeles. She wore a pair of pants with a panda pattern and a pink shirt reading, “the Future of the Princess Hero,” when she was found.

Trinity Love Jones was found dead near a hiking trail in Southern California, earlier this month. (L. A. County Sheriff’s Dept.)

Graham and Hunt were stopped at a checkpoint in Hudspeth County, Texas, on 8 March, the Los Angeles Times reported. Graham was taken into custody on a warrant release of her daughter’s murder. Her bail is set at $2 million, according to FOX 11 Los Angeles. Hunt was later released and drove back to California, where he was arrested March 10, according to the Times.

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Graham was extradited to California last week to answer questions on her daughter’s murder. It was not immediately clear whether she has a lawyer. She was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles County Superior Court, FOX 11 reported. Hunt’s arraignment is scheduled for 16 April. Graham faces 26 years to life in captivity, while Hunt faces up to 55 years to life in prison if they are convicted, as charged, the report said.

Photos adorn a memorial for the trinity of Love Jones, the 9-year-old girl whose body was found in a bag along a suburb of Los Angeles equestrian trail.
(AP)

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Friends and family members described the three-unit as a cheerful and talented girl who did well in school. Her family members plan to hold a public memorial service at 12:30 p.m. 25 March in the St. John Vianney Church in Hacienda Heights, ABC 7 Los Angeles reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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