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Chapel Hill Teen's Murder Trial Rescheduled for Third Time

Posted March 23, 2007

— A new trial date has been set for a Chapel Hill teenager charged with fatally shooting his parents nearly two years ago.

Adam Sapikowski's trial was originally scheduled to start in October but was delayed until January while psychiatrists were evaluating him. Scheduling conflicts on the side of the defense forced the latest delay.

The new trial date is set for Sept. 24, the Orange County District Attorney's Office said Friday.

Sapikowski was 16 years old when police found the bodies of his parents, James Sapikowski, 52, and Allison Sapikowski, 49, in May 2005. They had been wrapped in blankets behind a barricaded door in their home. Police believe their bodies had been there for weeks.

Attorneys for Sapikowski have suggested that the shootings were provoked.

Sapikowski has undergone several psychological evaluations, and at one point was under a suicide watch at Raleigh's Central Prison after he told jail officials he was afraid he would end up doing something "crazy" to himself.

A hospital psychiatrist said Sapikowski suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder and has had flashbacks of killing his parents.


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  • carolinachique Apr 13, 2007

    I hope no one finds out I did this, but I went to highschool with Lauren, Adam's sister, and she had me to her house a few times, and if you ask me, Adam was the golden child. He got away with anything. While I was there he threw something at Lauren and her parents were just like "Boys are always rowdy." So if he was provoked, it was by being treated like a prince his whole life. He needed some discipline

  • r-bros Apr 3, 2007

    Ok I know I'm gonna be ridiculed for saying this, but please, think about what I'm saying before you react. Have any of you ever taken the time to consider that maybe there was more going on in the Sapikowski family than is being released to the public? And yes, I recognize the facts that A) (as was stated by somebody else) "Murder is murder is murder", and B) the insanity plea is not valid. Now here is what irks me the most- out of all of you who are so blatantly jumping on the prosecutor's bandwagon, how many of you ever, EVER, met Adam? Anybody? Another thing- the media is not fairly and accurately portraying all sides of the story, which they should.. Has anybody ever considered the fact that Adam is a really nice young man.. Or at least he was when I met him.. In fact, if I had to choose three people who I think are some of the nicest and kindest people I've ever met, Adam would be on that list.

    *DISCLAIMER* This is simply my opinion.. Thanks

  • jannisheart Mar 26, 2007

    Oh WOW everyone get the name of this kid's lawyer QUICK he's pretty good to be able to get this kid this far. In this society it's okay to kill as long as you get a really good lawyer and you "act" the crazy part until it's over with.

  • 07_Bama_Resi Mar 26, 2007

    He'll get a way with it, I'm telling ya - It's pathetic. Let me go kill everyone who's ever pissed me off. JoCo's population wouldn't be as large as it is. Ha

  • NunYaBizz Mar 26, 2007

    i agree with you senior07sjhs they always get away with this knid of stuff. i think that if you murder some one then the person who done it should be murdered the same way. a murder is a murder thats all there is to it. and to the ones that will more than likely let him go do you want someone that killed your parents be let free or do you want them to pay for it?? make the jerk pay for what he did!!!

  • mvnull Mar 24, 2007

    "This is such a corrupt world these days." I'm sorry, I don't see how this is corrupt. Save "corrupt" for dealings among policitians, for example.

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Mar 24, 2007

    I hope he does have flashbacks of killing his parents for the rest of his useless life. Who cares what was or was not done to him. This "I am such a victim" society takes away all resposibility for our actions. He needs to be sent to Brazil and fried by that lady who fried her husband.

  • Tired Of Excuses Mar 24, 2007

    No one has the right to take someone's life like that. If he were being abused, which I doubt, then he should have told someone. He made a mistake and it will cost him his life as he sits behind bars.

  • At Work Mar 24, 2007

    What happen to having the trial in a resonable amount of time? Thats our right, yet it has taken this long. Need to go back in the day and have a trial and be hung all in the same week!!

  • NCTeacher Mar 24, 2007

    Well of course his lawyers suggest the shootings were provoked. They are his lawyers, working for him. They are supposed to say things to show his side of the story. The sad part is, his parents can no longer promote their side of the story.

    It will take alot more than his lawyers statements before I start feeling like this kid didn't just shoot his parents.