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Georgia Soldier Charged With Murder Of Pope Air Force Sergeant

Posted May 21, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Cumberland County investigators say a 14-year Army soldier is being charged with the murder of a Pope Airman.

Investigators have charged 34-year-old Sgt. David Tillery with the murder of Sgt. Albert Adams. Tillery continued his job on post in Columbus, Ga. as a training instructor until his arrest.

Investigators will not release a motive for the homicide, but say Adams was not involved in any criminal wrongdoing.

"The lifestyle that Sgt. Adams was living was not one that would have caused him to die this death," says sheriff's investigator Lt. Sam Pennica.

On April 13, Adams, a member of the 743rd Maintenance Squadron, was found by his wife in their home on Ridge Road. He had been tied up and shot in the head.

At the time of his death, members of his squadron remembered Adams as a crew chief who aimed high.

"He was a very exceptional trooper, one of those individuals that we were treasured to have in the organization," says squadron leader Maj. Scott Haines. "We were really looking forward to re-enlisting him this fall."

Tillery is being held in the Cumberland County jail without bond. Investigators say they are still looking for two other military suspects before they close the case.