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Leah Adams Accused Murderer Indicted in Warren County Circuit Court

6 June 2017 News

Bailey Powell’s RSW Jail mugshot

On June 5, the accused murderer of 19-year-old Leah Adams was indicted in Warren County Circuit Court. Bailey Powell, now 18, is accused of the March 25 stabbing death of Adams on Kerfoot Avenue in Front Royal. Due to his age, 17 at the time of the crime, Powell’s identity has thus far been withheld in media reports.

An evidentiary hearing in circuit court was scheduled for June 29, at 8:45am.  According to Powell’s attorneys David Hensley and Beau Bassler, that hearing involves seeking an independent lab analysis of both the victim and their client’s blood. State labs do not test for LSD, the drug allegedly involved in the fatal incident.

According to social media posts, Powell and Adams had been in a relationship for about 10 weeks at the time of Adams’ death. Testimony at a May 25 juvenile court hearing indicated that after his drug intake, Powell became paranoid and decided to flee Adams’ residence in her car. Her efforts to stop him ended about three blocks away.

Law enforcement witnesses said Powell told them Adams threw the car into park from the passenger seat on the 100 block of Kerfoot Avenue.  Witnesses at the scene said as Adams attempted to enter the driver’s side, the car pulled away. As the car swerved into mailboxes, Adams fell to the street screaming for help. She was pronounced dead on arrival at Warren Memorial Hospital.

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