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Police say phone records of Justin Adams' girlfriend, imply witness tampering

Documents filed Monday suggest the mother of murder suspect Justin Adams may have attempted to tamper with a second witness in her daughter-in-law's homicide investigation.
by Andrew Knittle Published: April 10, 2012

The mother of murder suspect Justin Adams has been sending money and text messages to a witness in her daughter-in-law's homicide investigation, Oklahoma City police said.

According to court records, Tina Clarke has been communicating with Lisa Marie Leaver-Pate since Clarke's son was arrested in late January.

Police say Leaver-Pate and Adams were involved in an “intimate” relationship and requested telephone records from Leaver-Pate's account dating to Oct. 1.

Adams, 25, is accused of killing his wife, Jaymie Adams, and the couple's unborn child. He reported his wife missing in the early hours of Dec. 10 and soon told investigators that she was an active prostitute who used Craigslist to seek out clients.

Jaymie Adams' body was found roughly a month later in a wooded area near Lake Stanley Draper. The state medical examiner's office determined she had been beaten and stabbed to death. She was 25.

“The relationship was ongoing prior to (the) recovery of Jaymie Adams' body on January 7, 2012,” a search warrant filed Monday states. “(Justin) Adams and Pate discussed marriage and possible pregnancy before Justin Adams was arrested January 27, 2012.”

Records show Clarke also has supplied her son with money to contact Leaver-Pate while he's been incarcerated at the Oklahoma County jail. He's being held on two counts of first-degree murder.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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