Murder charges filed in 2007 killing of Lawton girls

LAWTON, Okla. - Nearly two years after murder charges were dropped against Xavier Adams for the deaths of Jennifer Brown and Bianca Ward in southwest Lawton, Comanche County District Attorney Fred Smith charged Adams again.

Brown and Ward were shot to death at a home in southwest Lawton in June 2007.  Xavier Adams, who was 19 at the time, was arrested the day after the girls' bodies were discovered, and charged with first-degree murder.  Investigators said Adams was Ward's ex-boyfriend, and that he had seen her with another man earlier in the day.  Police said he went to her house, forced his way in, and shot both of them to death.

But in April 2009, Adams' lawyer challenged the information police got from Adams, saying they continued to question him after he had asked to speak with an attorney.  A judge ruled in Adams' favor, and said prosecutors would not be able to admit the police interview into evidence.  That prompted then-District Attorney Robert Schulte to dismiss the charges.

This week, Lawton police detectives went to Valdosta, Georgia where Adams now lives.  On Thursday, they asked authorities there for help in arresting Adams.  He was arrested without incident at his workplace and taken to the county jail.  Meanwhile, in Comanche County, Smith re-filed first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Brown and Ward.

Adams is scheduled to appear before the judge for an arraignment hearing Friday, at which time Adams will be given the chance to waive extradition so authorities can bring him back to Lawton.

We were unable to reach the district attorney Thursday for comment on why the charges were re-filed.