Judge wants to know why teen accused in triple slaying hasn't been indicted
ROSEBURG, Ore. - A circuit court judge wants to know when prosecutors plan to formally indict a 16-year-old boy accused of killing three members of his family a month ago.
Deputies arrested Kevin Wayne Adams after finding his biological sister Payshience "Tia" Adams, 10; foster mother, Donya Adams, 55; and foster sister, Amory Adams, 26, dead in the family home in the Lookingglass area outside Roseburg on November 7, 2017.
The district attorney filed a criminal information alleging four counts of aggravated murder. The fourth count comes as a result of the youngest victim's age.
But as of Friday, December 8, prosectuors had not filed a formal indictment or communicated with the court, Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Johnson wrote in a letter to the district attorney's office and lawyers for Adams.
"I am aware that it is not uncommon for the parties to agree to postpone taking the case to grand jury," Johnson wrote, "but given the age of the defendant and the severity of this case, I do not feel it appropriate for the Court to just do nothing for an unspecified period of time while waiting for an indictment to be filed."
Johnson asked prosecutors to advise the court on whether the case would proceed in the next month.
"If not, my staff will be contacting you to set a status check in the case so that we may discuss scheduling matters," the judge wrote.