Sacto 9-1-1
October 21, 2011
Girl's injuries described in 2010 Citrus Heights park killing

A preliminary hearing got under way today in the February 2010 killing of Rebecca Renee Layson in Citrus Heights' Van Maren Park.

Prosecutors have charged Anton Adolph Johnson Jr., now 20, and Tyler Shawn Espinoza, 19, with murder and sexual assault in the death of the 17-year-old girl.

Layson's family identified Espinoza in the days after the killing as the girl's boyfriend.

Citrus Heights police found Layson's body in the park the morning of Feb. 8, 2010, after the girl's parents reported her missing.

In his testimony, Sgt. David Moranz described the severe injuries the girl endured. He said Layson suffered blunt force injuries to the head and face, a 10-inch laceration to her head and scalp and other cuts to her face, forehead, scalp and right ear. She also sustained bruises to her forehead, multiple jaw fractures and asphyxia, Moranz testified.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge James L. Long scheduled the hearing to be completed on Nov. 15.

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