A 26-year-old man and his mother were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges stemming from a break-in at a Bixby Knolls home that ended with the 80-year-old homeowner fatally shooting one of the culprits — a woman who claimed to be pregnant as she begged for her life.
Gus Polly Adams, 26, is charged with murder, first-degree residential robbery, first-degree residential burglary, grand theft firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with the July 22, 2014, break-in and shooting in the 3900 block of Country Club Drive. He is also charged with an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury and elder abuse in the commission of the crime.
He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted as charged.
His mother, 50-year-old Ruby Adams, is charged with first-degree residential burglary and first-degree robbery, along with an allegation of elder abuse. If convicted, she faces up to seven years in prison.
Both are due back in court Feb. 17 for arraignment.
According to prosecutors, resident Thomas Greer arrived home just before 9 p.m. the night of the break-in, parked his car, went inside and was attacked by a man and a woman — believed to be Gus Adams and Andrea Miller, 28.
Greer, whose home had been burglarized on at least two prior occasions, was assaulted by the pair and thrown to the floor, according to prosecutors. Miller allegedly continued to beat Greer, while Adams tried to break into the homeowner’s safe, police said.
Miller eventually stopped hitting Greer and joined Adams in breaking open the safe and the two ultimately grabbed $5,000 in cash from inside, according to prosecutors.
Greer was trapped in the house with the burglars because his front door was blocked by Adams’ mother and a child who were part of the burglary team, prosecutors said.
Greer retrieved a small-caliber gun from his bedroom and fired three shots inside his home as Adams and Miller ran. Prosecutors said bullets struck Miller once in the chest and once in her right knee. She fell at the back of truck parked in the garage and then ran into the alley where she fell again.
Greer dragged her back into the garage, hoping Adams would come back to help her, prosecutors said.
“She says, ‘Don’t shoot me, I’m pregnant — I’m going to have a baby.’ And I shot her anyway,” Greer said at the time of the shooting. “The lady didn’t run as fast as the man so I shot her in the back twice, she’s dead … but he got away.”
Greer said he believed Miller and Adams were responsible for the earlier robberies and might return in the future.
An autopsy showed that Miller was not pregnant.
When Adams returned, prosecutors said he grabbed Greer’s gun and cell phone before making his escape down the alley to a car allegedly driven by his mother.
Prosecutors announced last month they would not file any charges against Greer, saying he was within his legal rights to shoot Miller. They noted that he suffered a broken collarbone and cuts and bruises in the assault.
— City News Service