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New Information on Front Royal Murder, Teen Suspect Remains in Custody

28 March 2017 News

The accused 17-year-old killer of James Wood graduate Leah Adams, 19, remains in custody at the Northwestern Juvenile Detention facility following a Monday afternoon hearing in Front Royal.  The suspect is scheduled for a return appearance behind the closed doors of Warren County Juvenile Court on April 6.

However, according to police the Commonwealth’s Attorneys Office intends to prosecute the suspect as an adult.  Police verified the accused killer “was known to stay” at Adams’ Cherrydale Avenue residence, not far from the scene of the fatal assault.  The victim’s social media indicated she had been in a relationship with her accused killer since January 7.

On Monday police verified that Adams died as a “direct result of stab wounds to the chest” after an altercation on a Front Royal southside street.  Police initially responded to an 8:30 PM Saturday night report of a possible hit and run on the 100 block of Kerfoot Avenue.

One resident said the neighborhood had been alerted to trouble by Adams’ screams as a vehicle sped from the scene knocking over one front-yard mailbox.

The suspect was first encountered by police responding to the report of an attempted burglary a block from where Adams was found fatally injured.  Neighbors believe the suspect was attempting to hide at nearby residence leading to the burglary report and his capture.


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