A 29-year-old Smithville man named in a sealed grand jury indictment for an August 2014 shooting was arraigned in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Aug. 10.
Jordan Adams was indicted for attempted second degree murder and reckless endangerment when the grand jury met on July 27. He is accused of shooting of 40-year-old Jamie Murphy in the shoulder and by grazing his arm with another bullet on Juniper Lane on Aug. of last year. Murphy has since recovered from his wounds.
Witnesses at the scene told the Review that the incident began with a physical altercation between Murphy and Adams a few days before the shooting. Murphy was allegedly behind the wheel of a pickup truck with his son at the time of the shooting, and was trying to escape the vehicle through the passenger side when Adams reportedly fired several rounds from a .25 caliber pistol into the truck from the outside. Murphy’s son was apparently not injured.
Adams allegedly left the scene in another pickup driven by a third man.
According to Lieutenant Detective Matt Holmes of the Smithville Police Department, he spotted the truck with Adams inside shortly after the incident, and followed as the truck turned into the drive of a Dry Creek Road residence. Holmes said Adams dropped the gun used in the shooting as he exited the vehicle.
The arrest warrants alleged that "Jordan Adams did shoot Jamie Murphy in the back as he attempted to flee his vehicle out of the passenger side door. Mr. Murphy was shot twice, once in the back shoulder and once as a bullet grazed his arm as he retreated. Mr. Adams left the scene and was located by Lt. Matt Holmes, where he was found to be in possession of a .25-caliber handgun. Mr. Adams cannot possess a weapon due to being a convicted felon. Mr. Adams did fire multiple shots down the road where multiple people were outside and in or around the line of fire."
Count one of the indictment against Adams reads: "On August 5, 2014, Adams knowingly did attempt to kill Jamie Murphy, constituting the offense of Attempted Second Degree Murder. Count two alleges that Adams "recklessly did engage in conduct which placed or which might have placed the citizens of DeKalb County in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury, said offense being committed with a deadly weapon, to-wit: a .25 caliber handgun, constituting the offense of Reckless Endangerment with a deadly weapon."