A Smithville man charged in a 2014 shooting was sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Friday, February 24.
31 year old Jordan Adams, who was indicted by the Grand Jury for attempted second degree murder and reckless endangerment in the shooting of 40 year old Jamie Murphy, entered a plea to aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. Adams received a six year sentence for the aggravated assault all suspended to TDOC probation except for one year to serve. For the reckless endangerment offense, Adams received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended to TDOC probation. The two terms are to run consecutively for a total of almost seven years but he has given jail credit of 302 days. In a separate case which occurred on April 24, 2016, Adams pled guilty Friday to a 3rd offense of driving under the influence and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on probation except for 120 days to serve. He will lose his driver license pursuant to Tennessee Department of Safety regulations. The DUI term is to run concurrently with the other sentences.
The shooting incident occurred on Juniper Lane, August 5, 2014. The case was investigated by the Smithville Police Department.
According to the arrest warrants at the time, Murphy was shot once in the back shoulder and by another bullet which grazed his arm. He was taken by DeKalb EMS to Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital for treatment of his wounds. He has since recovered.
Murphy was reportedly behind the wheel of a pickup truck and trying to get out through the passenger side when Adams, who was standing outside the truck, allegedly fired rounds from a .25 caliber pistol, which struck Murphy. A male passenger in the truck with Murphy was not injured.
After the shooting, Adams allegedly got in a different pickup truck driven by another man and left the scene.
Lieutenant Detective Matt Holmes told WJLE at the time that he received an outside tip about the shooting and spotted the fleeing vehicle on Broad Street. He followed as the truck turned onto Dry Creek Road and then into the driveway of a residence. Lieutenant Holmes said he pulled in behind the truck to make a high risk stop, got out of his patrol car and ordered the two occupants in the vehicle to get out. As Adams exited the vehicle and went down, Lieutenant Holmes said he saw a handgun fall to the ground. Adams was then placed under arrest.
The arrest warrants alleged that "On August 5, 2014 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 1 of the indictment against Adams alleged that "On August 5, 2014, Adams knowingly did attempt to kill Jamie Murphy, constituting the offense of Attempted Second Degree Murder. Count 2 alleged 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".