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.
Since the monitor was removed Oct. 18, Adams has been a model citizen, according to a conditional bond release program progress report filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court.
The report shows Adams has maintained communication with the program, tested negative for drugs and alcohol, not committed any new crimes and paid all supervision fees.
He is “favorable with all conditions of his release and pretrial program,” a case manager wrote.
Box continues to be critical of the police investigation and has said he hasn't seen “a shred of evidence” that ties Adams to the murders or the crime scene.”
Jaymie Adams was pregnant with her fifth child when she was killed.
The mother and three of her children had stayed at a women's shelter in Norman two months earlier.
Justin Adams reported his wife missing in the early hours of Dec. 10. 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.
Jaymie Adams' decomposing body was found about a month later in a wooded area near Lake Stanley Draper.
The medical examiner said she was stabbed multiple times and suffered blunt force trauma.