A man once accused of killing his pregnant wife pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to two counts of first-degree manslaughter and walked out of the Oklahoma County courthouse a free man.
Justin Adams, 27, received two 10-year suspended sentences and will be on supervised probation for the next two years, defense attorney Irven Box said.
“It was really against my advice, but it was his choice,” Box said.
“We said from the start that they had the wrong man.”
Adams declined to comment after sentencing.
Having already spent six months in jail on the murder charges, Adams did not want to face a jury, he said. Under the plea deal, he will not have to spend any more time in custody in the case.
“He told me he didn't trust the system,” Box said.
Adams had previously been 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 charges were reduced to manslaughter on the day a Tulsa man was arrested in connection with the killing.
Adams “aided and abetted Jaymie Adams in engaging in acts of prostitution,” participating in criminal conduct “that resulted in the death of Jaymie Adams,” according to court records.
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 Jaymie Adams was a working prostitute who was meeting clients the night she disappeared.
Adams is expected to testify as a witness in the first-degree murder trial of Joseph Richard Cyr, 32, who is now charged with the deaths of Jaymie Adams and her child.
Cyr told investigators that he spoke with Jaymie Adams electronically but did not meet her. A DNA sample taken from her body matched Cyr's profile.
Cyr's preliminary hearing on the murder charges is April 5.