Thanks to all who signed our petition telling FBI Director James Comey and the FBI to investigate a police officer’s tampered videotape that led to our son, Roy Adams, Jr.’s 2005 imprisonment. YOU are privileged to be on the right side of justice. And yet, our son remains in a Texas jail.
Our Son Is Innocent.
Roy's father who spent more than 35 years in law enforcement (USAF, USPS, Chicago Police Department and DEA) says, "I care deeply for my son and believe we 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 respects."
And finally, here's what Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivian wrote.
"I pray that Roy Jr. continues to be strong and I am encouraging you to assist us in seeking justice for Roy Jr. 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”.
Real change happens when everyday people like you and I come together and stand up for what we believe in. Together we can reach heaps of people and help create change around this important issue.
After you've signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others. It's super easy – all you need to do is copy this petition and link and send to a friend via email..
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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, 2017 marked the beginning of the 12th 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, he continues to be denied parole.
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.
“I WILL NOT change anything that I have said or done in regards to your son’s case.”
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; Our former Lawyer of the Year trial attorney, Michael Heiskell did not show this video in court. Heiskell is a 2017 Director in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and recently recognized in “Texas Lawyer” as one of the “Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law.” Again, why?
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