Justin Adams, 25, was taken into custody by Oklahoma City police Friday morning at his home in Blanchard and is being held in the Oklahoma County jail. Jaymie Adams was six months pregnant with her fifth child when she went missing in December.
He made a televised appearance shortly after her disappearance and issued a tearful plea for her return: “She deserves to be home with her family. Her children need their mother. If by some miracle you are watching this, I want you to know that I love you and I can’t wait to see you again.”
Her body was found Jan. 7 at a dirt bike track in southeast Oklahoma City.
Court documents show she complained in the months leading up to her death that she was beaten by her husband.
A probable cause affidavit filed by police Friday in Oklahoma County said information from law enforcement agencies and witnesses indicated “the relationship between Justin and Jaymie Adams was physically violent. Jaymie Adams reported being assaulted by Justin during the month before her death.”
A Blanchard police detective said Jaymie Adams showed up at the police station to report a domestic dispute in the month before her death. The case was referred to Grady County because the couple lived outside the city limits.
Grady County Sheriff Art Kell said deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call at the home but did not make a written report because neither party wanted to pursue the matter. He said Jaymie Adams did not claim she was physically abused.
Justin Adams became a target in the investigation of his wife’s disappearance early on after he admitted lying to police about her work as an Internet prostitute and the circumstances the night she disappeared.
Justin Adams' mother, who lives next door to her son, was home when he was arrested. She informed the family's attorney, Irven Box.
“It didn't surprise me that he was arrested,” Box said. “That was always a possibility. At this time we have to look at what evidence the state has and go from there.”
Justin Adams was arrested on a warrant, but no charges had been filed in the case as of Friday.
Husband’s story changed
Justin Adams called police about 5 a.m. Dec. 10 to report his wife missing, saying she had gone to meet a friend the previous night at a McDonald’s near SE 29 and Douglas. He met an Oklahoma City police officer at the McDonald’s, where her van was found.
Justin Adams told police he got a text message from his wife after she arrived at the restaurant about 11 p.m., but that was the last he heard from her.
The responding officer reported that Justin Adams requested a "slim Jim" to break into his wife's car that morning. He told the officer he didn't know the name of the person his wife met at the restaurant and became agitated when asked further questions about whom she was meeting, according to a police report.
According to a search warrant filed earlier this month, Justin Adams changed his story when he walked into an Oklahoma City police station Dec. 11, telling investigators “he hadn't been completely honest with officers in reference to his report.”
He said his wife left the family's trailer in Blanchard about 10 p.m. Dec. 9 to meet "a client" at a Norman motel. Adams told officers his wife was meeting a second client at the McDonald’s at SE 29 and Douglas just before midnight.
He said his wife advertised on Craigslist as a massage therapist and that she'd been "meeting with strangers all over Oklahoma City, Moore, Norman, Del City and Midwest City since October."
The online ads were for a massage, but Justin Adams told officers that his wife "had been engaging in sexual acts for cash," documents show.
Justin Adams also said that he and his wife were "swingers," who often used Craigslist to meet other couples engaged in partner swapping. He told officers his wife called and said the second client never showed up for the meeting, and that was the last contact he had with her.
He also told police that a manager at a nearby Denny's restaurant remembered Jaymie Adams paying for a meal about 3 a.m. Dec. 10, just a couple of hours before she was reported missing.
According to court documents, Justin Adams' took a polygraph test which indicated he was deceptive when asked if he knew his wife’s whereabouts. Polygraph results typically are not admissible in court.
Police said they interviewed the Denny's manager, who told them he didn't remember seeing anybody who matched Jaymie Adams' description in the early hours of Dec. 10.
Officers reviewed the surveillance footage from the Denny's and didn't see the missing mother of four, documents show.
Oklahoma City homicide detectives also reviewed the couple's cellphone records and noticed that during the early hours of Dec. 10, "the telephones of both Justin and Jaymie were relaying telephone calls from the same telephone towers."
Contributing: Staff Writer Andrew Knittle