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Grand jury indicts man in fatal IHOP shooting

Posted October 25, 2011

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— The Durham man charged with murder for a shooting at a Durham IHOP restaurant was indicted Monday by a Durham County grand jury.

Jerry Lee Adams, 21, of 200 Seven Oaks Road, faces charges of murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury for the shooting Oct. 8.

Delia Allen, 46, was killed and two people were wounded when, police say, Adams opened fire on the restaurant at at 1821 North Pointe Drive.

Durham police said a combination of community tips and information from witnesses helped identify Adams as the suspect.

Adams has served probation for five misdemeanor convictions, including drug charges, according to state Department of Correction records. Court records show he recently failed to appear in court on misdemeanor drug and traffic charges. Previous charges of trespassing and assault against him were voluntarily dismissed.


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  • A.V.N. Oct 26, 2011

    Now this is SAD! I mean i can't even eat here in this town without looking over my shoulder to see if someone gets peed off and they come back in throwing lead at innocent people? I sure hope that this guy goes away for life! He took an innocent woman's life and injured others for no reason! Because of his actions i know he should get life in prison without the possibility of parole. That's my facts and i am sticking to them.
    May Delia Allen, rest in peace You are in a better place now without pain without suffering and without violence that this town has to offer. God bless this family and are all in my prayers.

  • Lead by Example Oct 25, 2011

    This guy should get life w/o parole; I would even say the death penalty but that never happens in this State anymore.

    If a plea bargain is done, let's hope he receives a minimum 30 year sentence. Some 2nd degree murder plea bargains yield as little as 10 years, it is a shame.

  • buford Oct 25, 2011

    Yay...step one accomplished...

  • whyalltheproblems Oct 25, 2011

    ditto on therein lies the problem. so very sad for Ms. Allen's family.

  • hunter38 Oct 25, 2011

    Some liberal judge will let him out before the trial starts

  • dwallace9392 Oct 25, 2011

    The world is a safer place with people like him off the streets.Continue to lock them up and keep them locked up.

  • ifcdirector Oct 25, 2011

    "Adams has served probation for five misdemeanor convictions, including drug charges, according to state Department of Correction records." And therein lies the real problem.

  • thinkfreely Oct 25, 2011

    Lock him up and throw away the key. Some people are beyond rehabilitation.

  • prophetdavis08 Oct 25, 2011