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
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Leaver-Pate, reached by telephone Monday afternoon, referred all questions to her attorney, Jeffrey Box.

Box did not return calls from The Oklahoman seeking comment.

Other witnesses contacted

Documents filed Monday indicate Leaver-Pate may not be the only witness in the Jaymie Adams homicide investigation who's been contacted by Clarke.

Last month, records filed in Grady County showed Clarke urged a man identified as Charles Holt to change his story when he was interviewed by police after the disappearance of her daughter-in-law.

Text messages from Holt implied that Clarke had asked him “several” times to change his story about her whereabouts on the night before Jaymie Adams was reported missing.

“Today u told me too how to say it. I tell the truth ...,” one of the messages from Holt said. “I'm not your alibi ... I'm a person that stayed at your trailer the night this all evolved but as a alibi not.”

At one point, Holt also threatened to “(turn) in my old iPhone with all your texts to them (detectives).”

Records further show that Justin Adams called his mother about 3 a.m. the day he reported his wife missing.

Police said cell tower data taken from Clarke's mobile device indicates she left her residence in the early hours of Dec. 10 after the call from her son.

“The cellphone records and cell tower data apparently conflict with Tina Clarke's statements to police,” an affidavit states.


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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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