STOCKTON (CBS13) – The body found rotting in a Stockton apartment early this week is that of Veronica Jones, according to Stockton Police.

Devon Omar Epps was in court on Thursday where he was formally charged with the beating and murder of the body that was found rotting in the bathroom tub of his downtown Stockton apartment.

epps Police Confirm Identity Of Body Found In Stockton Apartment

Devon Omar Epps (credit: Stockton Police Dept.)

Epps was evicted from his apartment in the 500 block of E. Channel Street Sunday and the apartment manager found the body in his third-floor apartment on Monday. He was arrested Tuesday night.

The mental state of Epps has been brought into question after he acted strange during the hearing. When the charges were handed down, Epps started laughing and shaking his head. Then Epps yelled, to no one in particular, “He’s the one who set me up.”

Based on Epps’ previous undisclosed mental health issues while on parole and his behavior in court, the judge suspended the arraignment hearing until doctors can evaluate Epps’ mental state.

Epps was released from a mental facility earlier this year, but Jones’ family members say he should have stayed put.

“Demented, sick behavior and I think mental health needs to be held accountable for the patients they just let on the street,” said Jones’ brother, Isaac Zuniga of Modesto.

Prosecutors say it could be a couple months before Epps’ mental evaluation is complete.

Police say Jones’ face had been beaten beyond recognition.

The homicide was the city’s 56th this year, topping the previous record set in 1992.


Correction: We had previously reported that the body was Epps’ sister.

Comments (9)
  1. Whitey says:

    Dear Andy, tisk… tisk… tisk. It’s really unfair to assume he’s worthless because of his skin color.

    At a minimum, I think his remains would make a nice mulch.

    1. Bob says:

      why yes, yes it is.

  2. Juan Aveytia says:

    this is her oldest son, i have not seen her in 10 years, i know that 3 of her 9 other kids were in foster care and most likely the others as well, don’t make judgments before you know the facts

    1. Bob says:

      thats a lot of different LAST names to remember!

  3. JCC says:

    You’ll need to thank our past Governor Reagon for having the mentally ill out of the streets.

    1. Millicent Bulstrode says:

      It’s true. I remember when it was done. It was spun as giving people the right to be free and not be subjected to mental health treatment against their wills. Of course it was really to save money. However, how much money do we spend in law enforcement because of it and how many people suffer?

  4. jackie says:

    It is really getting irritating to see body rotting etc. on the page every time we sign on, enough is enough already. Here I sit at my desk with a cup of coffee with whipped cream and donut to go with it and what do I see right off the bat “body rotting”,please guys have mercy.

    1. Cynthia says:

      So how do you think the almost adult son of the victim feels when learning that his mother was murdered on the 10pm news. That was a crime. Juan Aveytia is the oldest son of the victim and hasn’t seen her for 10 years but is really having a hard time of this, alot of mistakes have been made but let the dead have mercy and peace

  5. Whitey says:

    Who puts whipped cream on coffee?

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