Oklahoma County's top prosecutor said Tuesday he will reduce murder charges against a Blanchard man accused of killing of his pregnant wife.
Also Tuesday, the attorney for Justin Dewayne Adams confirmed the details of a leaked report in which Oklahoma City police investigators said they interviewed a man whose DNA was found in an examination of the victim.
Adams, 26, was arrested in February and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Jaymie Adams, 25, and her unborn child. Her body was found Jan. 7, 2012, at a dirt bike track in southeast Oklahoma City.
“The investigation of the death of Jaymie Adams is continuing,” District Attorney David Prater wrote in an email. “At our request, the Oklahoma City Police Department has pursued additional evidence. We continue to allege that Justin Adams has culpability in the death of his wife. Charges will be amended to reflect the level of his suspected culpability.”
Adams' attorney, Irven Box, continues to assert his client's innocence. He said prosecutors know they have the wrong man.
“They know he didn't commit the murder. They're trying to find something else to charge him with,” Box said Tuesday.
Box said semen matching the DNA profile of Joseph Cyr was taken from the woman's body.
Box also confirmed a report by a police detective indicating Cyr was one of the last persons to have contact with the victim. The attorney said Cyr abruptly left town Dec. 10, the day he believes Jaymie Adams was killed.
Cyr has been interviewed by police but has not been arrested or charged.
Box said police have a video and receipts showing Cyr buying items from a Walmart in the hours before Adams' disappearance that “are consistent with items found at the crime scene.”
Box said he gave a copy of the confidential report to his client, who in turn may have given it to his mother. The report later was leaked to the public.
“Evidently, he gave it to her,” Box said. “It couldn't have come from anyone else.”
Box said he believes the charges against Adams could be reduced to second-degree murder or manslaughter.
“They're stretching things,” he said of prosecutors. “They filed charges based on erroneous information.”
Prater could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The lead prosecutor in the case declined to comment.
Justin Adams reported his wife missing in the early hours of Dec. 10, 2011. He told investigators that he and his wife were “swingers,” who both actively used Craigslist to solicit men for sex.
He also said Jaymie Adams was a working prostitute who was meeting clients the night she disappeared.
The defense attorney said prosecutors are trying to link Adams to the murders by allowing his wife to be on Craigslist, that by doing so “he contributed to her death.”
Since Adams was charged, a judge has postponed his preliminary hearing three times to give prosecutors more time to investigate.
In July, Special Judge D. Fred Doak allowed bail for Adams, a rare move for a defendant facing first-degree murder charges.
Doak agreed to set bail at $100,000 and 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.