Jury Returns Guilty Verdict in Murder Case

A jury has reached a verdict in a murder trial in Clarke County. It took only 45 minutes Thursday for the jury to find 54-year-old Riley Adams guilty in the shooting death of 49-year-old Ruth Roberts, his live-in girlfriend.

According to authorities the couple generally kept to themselves, and had lived together for a few years prior to the murder.

"It wasn't right, but ain't nothing I can do about it," said Adams, in response to the verdict.

Initially, authorities were called last April to the home that Adams shared with Roberts for an alleged suicide. From day one, investigators say they always thought that it was a homicide.

"When we first got to the scene, we saw through some of the inconsistent stories he was telling and the evidence showed that here today," said Sheriff Todd Kemp.

"No, I did not," said Debra Roberts Rhynes, the victim's sister when asked
if she had ever believed her sister took her own life. "My sister was a loving woman and would never hurt herself."

"I feel it was a fair verdict. The case was submitted and with all of the evidence," said James Roberts, the victim's brother.

"You think you would find some satisfaction, but the loss of a loved one, it's still an empty feeling," said David Roberts, the victim's brother.

Circuit Judge Lester Williamson, Jr., sentenced Adams to serve life in prison.

Newscenter 11 attempted to speak to Adams' attorney following the verdict.

"No comment. We're talking about our options now," said Adams' attorney, Chris Falgout.

At this time, it appears Adams will appeal the verdict.


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