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Lawton man to go on trial for 2007 double murder

Lawton_A Comanche County judge found Wednesday that there was enough evidence against 20-year-old Xavier Adams to hold him over for trial.  He stands accused of the Lawton murders of Bianca Ward and Jennifer Brown in July, 2007.  The two young women, ages 18 and 20, were found shot to death in the Lee West Addition, just off Southwest 67th Street.  The girls' families say they are relieved that the case is finally moving forward.

During a preliminary hearing, District Attorney Robert Schulte presented a new witness who placed Adams at the scene of the murders.  He says Adams was angry with Bianca Ward - his former girlfriend - and that she was with another man.  Schulte says Adams told his attorney that he killed the girls, and now the judge says there is enough evidence for a trial while the family hopes for closure.  "A year ago my daughter was murdered and I've got to continue the fight for justice for her," said Jennifer's mother, Judy Branstetter.  She says that seeing Adams in court was gut-wrenching.  "He gave no - there was no emotion for killing anyone," she said. 

Although it has been more than a year since the girls' murders, their families say time has not healed their wounds.  "It's been a rollercoaster ride for the past year," said Branstetter.  "It was like a real stab wound."  Bianca Ward's father, Richard, says he is glad the judge ruled there was enough evidence for a trial.  "I'm a little relieved now that they've bound him over to the next step," he said. 

Adams remains behind bars in the Comanche County jail on a $1 million bond.  He will have his formal arraignment some time next week.

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