Teen involved in IL stabbing death won’t be charged

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Shaw says investigation shows 17-year-old acted in self-defense

By Chris Sardelli

Authorities will not pursue criminal charges against a teenager involved in the February stabbing death of an Indian Land man.

In a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, April 16, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said an investigation into the death of Jimmie Adams, 47, had concluded with investigators labeling it a “justified homicide.”

Adam’s body was found at about 1:32 a.m. Feb. 16, as deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at a home in the 1200 block of East Arrow Lake Court in Indian Land, according to a sheriff’s office press release sent shortly after the incident.

Deputies found Adams on the floor and discovered he had been stabbed, the release said.

He died at the scene while being treated by Lancaster County EMS.

Though all involved in the case had been found soon after the homicide, the sheriff’s office waited to move forward until they knew all the circumstances surrounding the stabbing.

After months of investigation, which included interviews with witnesses and the examination of autopsy results, the sheriff’s office concluded Adams assaulted his live-in girlfriend during a domestic disturbance, the release said.

“During that assault, the girlfriend’s 17-year-old son came to her defense. The 17-year-old was also assaulted. During the assault, the 17-year-old armed himself with a knife and stabbed Adams in self defense,” the release said.

After conferring with Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield, sheriff’s office investigators determined that insufficient evidence existed to warrant criminal prosecution. 

Barfield said Wednesday afternoon the decision was made after extensive discussions with the sheriff’s office about the case.

“We made a final decision on the case and then met with Mr. Adam’s family on Monday to let them know there would be no charges,” Barfield said.


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416