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Wilson woman, 80, dies after assault

Posted September 12, 2011
Updated September 13, 2011

— An 80-year-old woman who was assaulted in Wilson earlier this month has died, police said Monday, and charges against her alleged attacker could be upgraded to murder.

On Sept. 1, Wilson police officers were called to the 700 block of Suggs Street after a 911 caller reported hearing a woman screaming. Officers found Barbara Adams unresponsive due to a head injury. She was airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital in critical condition and she died on Sunday, police said.

James Anthony Bynum, 56, of 705 Randolph St., was standing next to Adams when officers arrived and was arrested at the scene, police said. He was taken to the Wilson County jail, where he was being held under a $250,000 bond on Monday.

Bynum faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Investigators are trying to determine if Adams was sexually assaulted and whether Bynum's charges should be upgraded. 

Adams and Bynum did not know each other, police said.

Bynum was convicted in 2002 of two counts of larceny and first-degree trespassing and one count of resisting an officer, according to state Department of Correction records. He spent a little over two months in jail.


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  • hckyplyr72 Sep 15, 2011

    No life in prison! Aren't you all sick and tired of paying for murderers and felons cable and food bills?!?!?!?!? When someone is guilty, admits the crime or has multiple witnesses execute them. I would think it would lower the crime rate quite a bit. Not to mention stop repeat offenders.

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  • nonemeant Sep 13, 2011

    Come on people it is past time to learn how to add two plus two.

  • hckyplyr72 Sep 13, 2011

    Wow he looks like he was a productive member of society. Nice clean cut with pretty Captain Jack Sparrow like dreads. NOT...bring back the chair or noose.

  • Whatever27 Sep 13, 2011

    Why would he be standing near her body if he beat, possibly sexually assaulted, and then killed her? Well, not all criminals think on the same wave length as us rational, law abiding citizens. If he's a drug user or derranged, he won't think or act like a normal person, regardless of how obvious something seems. They're criminals, not einsteins.

    What was done to this woman absolutely disgusts me. I agree with Pat7 that all this violence and elderly abuse needs to stop, but until our justice system becomes more than just a joke, then I doubt it ever will. Criminals have no fear of the law and I can not blame them.

  • Bartmeister Sep 13, 2011

    Why would he be still standing there after police arrive and not left the scene if he robbed and beat her.

    As another poster tried to say, he was homeless for a long time. Maybe he never meant to kill her, but wanted to be locked up for a bed and 3 squares a day.

  • rcrdngcountry Sep 13, 2011

    north carolina start giving and carrying out the death penalty.

  • zile1porkey Sep 13, 2011

    Why would he be still standing there after police arrive and not left the scene if he robbed and beat her something doesn't make sense did he confess he did it or was he near by and heard her scream and went in to check on her. Please WRAL give more details in your stories.Sometimes the writer makes no sense.

  • pat7 Sep 13, 2011

    This has to stop , What are people thinking when they attack our eldery people. Shame full acts These people are the lowest form of life , And should never be allow to inter act with the public ,It has been proven over and over they need to be put away , for a very long time

  • lazarisbarnes Sep 13, 2011

    i have been know james all my life.i think wilson police need to keep sreach because i dont think he did this but my prays goes out to the family.hes homeless an has been for 37 year so why all a sudden he wood want to kill. he picks up soda can to get food