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Judge delays hearing in Oklahoma City murder case for a third time

Justin Adams, 26, of Blanchard, is accused of killing his wife and unborn child; attorney says prosecutors moved too quickly to charge his client, who is free on bail
by Tim Willert Published: January 10, 2013

Oklahoma County prosecutors “jumped the gun” when they charged a Blanchard man with killing his wife and her unborn child, the man's attorney said Wednesday following another delay in the case.

Irven Box has claimed from the time Justin Dewayne Adams, 26, was arrested in February that his client was wrongly accused of killing Jaymie Adams, 25. Her body was found Jan. 7, 2012, at a dirt bike track in southeast Oklahoma City.

“I think they filed on my client months before the investigation was complete,” Box said. “I think they jumped the gun and filed on him long before they knew what the total picture was.”

Wednesday, Special Judge D. Fred Doak postponed Adams' preliminary hearing for the third time in six months. It is now set for April 3.

A judge decides at a preliminary hearing whether sufficient evidence exists to send a defendant to trial.

First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland said Wednesday the latest delay was necessary because additional forensic evidence in the case needs to be tested. He declined to elaborate on the nature of the evidence and would not confirm whether there is another suspect in the case.

“I'm not willing to discuss any other suspect unless and until someone is charged,” Rowland said.

In July, Doak allowed bail for Adams after prosecutors requested more time for further investigation. It was a rare move for a defendant facing first-degree murder charges.

Doak agreed to set bail at $100,000. Adams was released from jail a day later.

In October, after postponing Adams' preliminary hearing a second time, the judge signed an order removing Adams' court-ordered ankle monitor. It was another possible indication that authorities believe someone else committed the crime.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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