Moultrie Observer

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April 25, 2013

Suspect pleads guilty to manslaughter

MOULTRIE — A Doerun man accused of running a man down with a minivan last year pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a manslaughter charge.

Sentencing for Craig Lee Adams Sr., 53, was set for June 20 on one count of involuntary manslaughter. The judge in the case ordered the completion of a pre-sentencing investigation prior to imposing a sentence.

Adams was indicted earlier this year on charges of malice murder, felony murder, driving under the influence and driving while license is suspended.

Adams was accused of running down 45-year-old Robert Aldridge with a minivan on May 10 on West Robinson Avenue, near Adams’ 606 W. Robinson Ave. residence. Investigators said he drove the Honda Odyssey off the roadway to strike Aldridge, who was on the side of the road.

 Officials said the two had gotten into a confrontation prior to Aldridge’s slaying. Witnesses told law enforcement that the men had argued on the night of May 9 and again on May 10 before the fatal incident at 4:08 p.m.

Adams’ van was found near his residence, about 100 yards away from where Aldridge was struck, and had extensive damage to the front end.

A sheriff’s investigator said that after the collision Adams walked about a few blocks to Doerun City Hall, where he turned himself in without incident.

The case was investigated by the Georgia State Patrol, which filed the traffic charges, and the sheriff’s office.

Adams has been held at Colquitt County Jail since his arrest the day of the slaying.

 

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