For more than two years, Justin Adams has professed his innocence in the death of his wife and unborn child. But on Wednesday he accepted partial responsibility for their deaths and in return, he received a 10 year suspended sentence, which means he got probation instead of jail time.
"I personally don't think he should have taken a plea deal," said William Decker.
Decker is Justin Adam's grandfather, and says he thinks Justin should have gone to trial and professed his innocence to a jury. But he claims paying for an expensive defense may have affected his grandson's decision.
"Justin took the death of Jaymie very, very hard," said Decker from his home in SW Oklahoma City.
The case of Jaymie and Justin Adams captured the media's attention when he reported her missing in Dec. 2011 and then again when she was found dead in a field near Lake Stanley Draper a few weeks later. Autopsy reports show she had been stabbed several times, and was pregnant.
"He hasn't been able to put that behind him. He's visited her grave site time after time," said Decker.
Oklahoma City Police say at first, Justin Adams withheld information that he and Jaymie participated in online prostitution, by placing ads on Craigslist. But court papers state later, he confessed.
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However, Adams always professed he was innocent of murder even after he was charged, and so did his family. They did it again when those murder charges were amended to manslaughter. When asked why Adams decided to enter a guilty plea today, this is what his attorney Irven Box had to say.
"He doesn't want to take a chance again, he doesn't trust the system," said Box. "He doesn't believe he wants to take a chance of going back to jail for one day when he can get probation."
Justin Adams initially spent six months in the Oklahoma County jail when he was the one charged with the murders, and will now get credit for time served as part of his sentence.
Now Joseph Cyr, is the one facing murder charges. Court papers say he answered one of Jaymie Adam's craigslist ads, and is reportedly the last person who saw her alive.
"We've always thought that he was involved," said Box. "We've always thought that he was the killer, and now the state is going to have to prove it now in court."
While Justin Adams walks away from this painful chapter in his life, his grandfather says he will be there for him and his son as they start over.
"From here out, we don't have any choice but to start over," said Decker.
Decker says he paid for much of Justin Adams' defense, and his family plans to be at Joseph Cyr's preliminary hearing next month. That hearing has been scheduled for March 5.
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