After more than a year of delays, a Blanchard man once accused of killing his pregnant wife will finally get his day in court.
But while Justin Dewayne Adams no longer faces two first-degree murder charges, he is still fighting for his freedom.
A judge will decide at a preliminary hearing set for Thursday if there is probable cause to send Adams, 26, to trial on two counts of first-degree manslaughter in the December 2011 deaths of Jaymie Adams, 25, and her unborn child.
Even though another man has been charged with the murders, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater refused to dismiss the case against Adams, alleging in the latest charges that he “aided and abetted Jaymie Adams in engaging in acts of prostitution,” and participated in criminal conduct “that resulted in the death of Jaymie Adams.”
Defense attorney Irven Box said he will ask Special Judge D. Fred Doak to dismiss the case at Thursday's hearing.
Box confirmed that he is negotiating with the district attorney's office to resolve the case.
“My goal is to one day have Mr. Adams be free of any criminal charges against him in this case and whatever means I can do to get there I intend to try and do it,” he said.
Adams, for example, could offer to testify against Richard Cyr, the Skiatook man charged with the murders, in exchange for a favorable deal.
“Justin Adams, regardless of what prosecutors say they will or will not do, will do anything he can to help the state of Oklahoma convict the person who killed his wife,” Box said. “He doesn't have to be offered a deal, he doesn't have to be offered concessions. He will do that on his own because of the horrible death that his wife suffered.”
Box has been publicly critical of the police investigation that led to Adams' arrest and the decision by Prater to file murder charges against his client.
Phone records indicating Adams and his wife were in proximity to each other on the night she disappeared were found to be inaccurate after analysis by the FBI, records show.
The corrected data proved that Justin Adams was truthful when he told police investigators he was at home in Blanchard, about 30 miles from his wife, records show.
Box also has criticized Prater for waiting until the night before Adams' last scheduled hearing in April to file reduced charges.
“I just don't think these charges of manslaughter by aiding her to be a prostitute are good charges,” the attorney said. “I think they're not good and valid as far as the law is concerned.”
Jaymie Adams' body was found Jan. 7, 2012, at a bike track near Lake Stanley Draper. The mother of four was stabbed 29 times, including 18 times in the back, and her jaw was broken in three places during the assault that ended her life, authorities said.
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.
Adams said his wife was a working prostitute who was meeting clients the night she disappeared.
One of those clients, Cyr, was charged with the murders after investigators determined he was the last person to have contact with Jaymie Adams and a sample of his DNA was a match for an unidentified DNA sample taken from the woman.
Since Adams was charged with murder in February 2012, a judge has postponed his preliminary hearing three times to give prosecutors more time to investigate.
In July, 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.
Box said the stress of six months of incarceration, numerous court delays and more than $100,000 in legal fees have taken their toll on Adams, who lives with his mother.