HUNTSVILLE — A 29-year-old convict set to die this week for a fatal shooting during the robbery and abduction of 3 peoples at an East Texas convenience store has won a reprieve from a federal judge.
Lawyers for A-dams convinced U.S. District Judge Michael Schneider in Texarkana that the execution should be delayed until the courts review allegations that Adams had poor legal help in the early stages of his
Adams and Richard Aaron Cobb were convicted of kidnapping Vandever and two women from the BDJ convenience store in Rusk just after midnight on Sept. 2, 2002. After robbing the store, the men drove the three to a remote pea patch on Cherokee County Road 2434. The men put Vandever and one of the women into the trunk and Cobb stood over them with a shotgun while Adams raped the other woman in the field, according to earlier Tyler Morning Telegraph reports. Then, the men made all three kneel in the field and shot them one-by-one from behind.
She flinched as Adams prepared to fire, and she suffered a graze and powder wounds to her mouth.
The women, both employees at the convenience store, survived their injuries and ran to nearby homes to call police. Both of the women testified against Adams and Cobb in their criminal trials in 2004.
According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice website, Cobb remains on death row.
The mother of one of the female victims told KYTX CBS19 Monday night that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice notified the family that Adams' execution was stayed. The mother said the family has not spoken out after all these years until now and that the family feels violated.
The family plans to make a public statement today.
KYTX CBS19 contributed to this report.