1D CRIMINAL HISTORY - THE RECORD INDICATES THAT THE OFFENDER HAS REPEATEDLY COMMITTED CRIMINAL EPISODES THAT INDICATE A PREDISPOSITION TO COMMIT CRIMINAL ACTS UPON RELEASE.
2D NATURE OF OFFENSE - THE RECORD INDICATES THE INSTANT OFFENSE HAS ELEMENTS OF BRUTALITY, VIOLENCE, ASSAULTIVE BEHAVIOR, OR CONSCIOUS SELECTION OF VICTIM'S VULNERABILITY INDICATING A CONSCIOUS DISREGARD FOR THE LIVES, SAFETY, OR PROPERTY OF OTHERS, SUCH THAT THE OFFENDER POSES A CONTINUING THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY.
3D DRUG OR ALCOHOL INVOLVEMENT - THE RECORD INDICATES EXCESSIVE SUBSTANCE USE INVOLVEMENT.
…including Roy Adams, Jr.
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U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation (click for actual letter)
May 28, 2010
Dear Ms. Adams-Jenkins:
The matters that you have brought to our attention do not warrant the initiation of an FBI investigation. The FBI's Dallas Division has also reviewed this matter and determined that no action is warranted.
Cynthia M. Dietle
Chief, Civil Rights Unit
Criminal Investigative Division
My name is Laura Adams-Jenkins. I seek justice for my 38 year old son, Roy Adams, Jr.
January 1, 2016 marked the beginning of the 11th year our son has spent in a Texas prison after a jury found him guilty in August 2005 of intoxication manslaughter in the 2004 death of Grapevine Police Officer Darren Medlin. Our son was sentenced to 12 ½ years in prison. While he has been up for parole 4 times, he continually receives a “denial” because he “won’t say he was drunk.”
Without diminishing our condolences to the Medlin family in any way, our son was not drunk driving. We see his pain, anguish and sorrow each time we look at his police station interrogation conducted immediately following the accident and prior to being taken to the hospital for his blood draw.
One of the most sought after and highly respected epilepsy experts in Dallas/Fort Worth, Dr. Robert F. Leroy, who recently retired, testified. He was asked the question “is it reasonably medically probable that Roy Alvin Adams, Jr. had a seizure on June the 12th, 2004 at approximately 2:30 a.m. here in Tarrant County, TX?” Dr. Leroy responded, “Yes.” Along with Dr. Leroy’s testimony, numerous discrepancies confirm the belief we have in our son’s innocence including the following:
a. Why did Prosecutor Richard Alpert redirect our son’s blood draw from the Texas Department of Public Safety lab to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s lab where it shows up as a .11 BAC? Was it because of expediency? According to the blood draw nurse, the hospital could have provided results within a couple hours.
b. What happened to the critical video from the dashcam of the first police officer to talk to my son? Officer Ramsour said she always turns off her dashcam when she arrives at traffic stop and used the term "MUSCLE MEMORY".
NOTE: Her arrival at my son and his car occurs near the end of the video. If you start the video at 3:30 minutes, you will see all the key video footage.
Almost 5 years after the trial, we hired a forensic audio/video expert who provided the answer: “… found indications of "tampering or deletions" after examining the tape. The 17 seconds delay in deactivation of the recording is inexplicable from a technical standpoint because the tape should have been deactivated within two seconds had the events transpired as testified by Officer Ramsour."
d. Why was the police station video of our son not shown in court? According to Randy Schaffer, the attorney we hired to file a writ of habeas corpus, “Roy looked good on the videotape…the jury saw how good Roy looked at the station but his blood test result was well over the legal limit.” Randy was wrong; Michael Heiskell did not show this video in court.
More than once, we sent the forensic audio/video expert analysis to the FBI because:
“The FBI is the lead agency for investigating violations of federal civil rights laws…and we take that responsibility seriously. Specifically, we aggressively investigate and work to prevent hate crime, color of law abuses, human trafficking, and freedom of access to clinic entrances violations—the four top priorities of our civil rights program. We focus on all of these issues in Dallas.”
“Fabricating evidence against or falsely arresting an individual also violates the color of law statute, taking away the person’s rights of due process and unreasonable seizure.”
Other examples of the FBI’s responses:
The 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Dr. C. T. Vivian and a civil rights, freedom fighter with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., advocated on our behalf to Special Agent in Charge FBI Dallas Office Diego Rodriguez, “I encourage the FBI to be a visible advocate for justice at all levels, for all people and not “write off” requests like the ones sent to your office by the family of Roy Alvin Adams Jr. It erodes public confidence when the public believes that “justice” can be deemed “unwarranted”.”
Roy Jr.’s father, Roy Adams Sr., spent more than 35 years in law enforcement including an MP in the Air Force, Chicago Police Officer and many years with the DEA summed up his response to what has happened:
· I care deeply for my son and believe our family should take any and all necessary steps to ensure
he is treated justly.
· I care deeply for the criminal justice system where I have spent the major part of my life.
· Last, and certainly not least, I care deeply that a fellow officer has lost his life in the line of duty,
serving and protecting his community. I believe the ultimate tribute and testimony to Officer
Medlin is to ensure the criminal justice system he served remains a system that the public trusts and
ABOUT TARRANT COUNTY PROSECUTOR RICHARD ALPERT
Known as a DWI Expert throughout Texas and the US; often called upon by local and national media for DWI case law; a DWI expert for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association http://www.tdcaa.com/dwi; has written DWI case law books and articles; conducted DWI seminars; received 2007 MADD National President’s Award for Outstanding Prosecutor; authored 2014 Intoxication Manslaughter
“No matter what your set of facts, Richard has a great idea for how to turn them to an advantage.” Diane Beckham, Senior Staff Counsel, TDCAA, DWI Investigation & Prosecution, 2007