Two of three teens originally charged in the October slaying are not being indicted at this time, but could be at a later date.
TUPELO – Baldwyn teenager Quindaris Burress, 14, has been indicted by a Lee County grand jury in the October 2017 slaying of Henry Adams Jr. He has been charged with capital murder, and has pleaded not guilty.
The indictment was returned on March 28. Burress was one of three teenagers originally arrested in connection with the murder. Dequan Stribling and Jayce Bryson West, who were 13 and 14 at the time of their arrest, were not indicted by the grand jury, and were in fact released on bond in December. Burress, however, has been held at the Lee County Jail since his arrest on Nov. 3, 2017.
District Attorney John Weddle said evidence was presented on all three suspects, but the grand jury didn’t find sufficient evidence to indict Stribling and West. However, Weddle said his office could seek an indictment at a later date should additional evidence arise.
Burress is being held as an adult in the Lee County Jail. Bond was denied during an arraignment hearing on April 12.
A friend found 70-year old Adams lying face-down at his home on Second Street on Oct. 23. He had been shot in the chest. Police believed at the time that robbery could have been the motive. Adams sold used cars from his home and was known to sometimes have large amounts of cash in his possession. Rumors in the community surrounding the slaying and the arrests also speculated other possible motives, but police have remained tight-lipped about the case.
If convicted, Burress could face up to life in prison. Because of his age he would not face the death penalty.
A trial date has not been set at this time.