Fitness evaluation ordered for man accused of killing wife

2014-06-05T05:00:00Z Fitness evaluation ordered for man accused of killing wifeBECKY MALKOVICH THE SOUTHERN The Southern
June 05, 2014 5:00 am  • 

BENTON — A fitness evaluation has been ordered for the West Frankfort man accused of killing his wife earlier this year.

John P. Adams, 66, will undergo an evaluation to determine whether he is fit to stand trial for the murder of his wife, Kendra.

Kendra Adams died April 1, one day after she was shot in the back of the head with a small-caliber firearm. Her husband initially said he found her unresponsive on the floor in their West Frankfort residence, but police said he later confessed to the shooting.

A firearm consistent with the injuries suffered by his wife was recovered from their house, police said.

Franklin County State’s Attorney Evan Owens filed two counts of first-degree murder against Adams April 1.

During a court appearance in Franklin County Wednesday, Judge Jerry Crisel entered the fitness evaluation order on a motion from Adams’ attorney, Mike Rowland.

The case, originally set for trial July 8, was removed from the docket, pending the results of the evaluation.

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