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