MOULTRIE -- The suspect in a Sunday slaying may be released later this week from Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville to return to Colquitt County Jail to face multiple charges including murder, rape and aggravated sodomy.

Christopher Adams, 25, of Moultrie, allegedly shot his 19-year-old brother-in-law, Lee Pitts, of Norman Park, as he lay sleeping on his sister's couch at 1817 Tallokas St. early Sunday morning, Colquitt County sheriff's investigator Donald Davis said. Pitts was staying with his sister that night because she feared Adams would return following a domestic violence incident earlier in the week.

Davis said Adams and the woman had been separated for about two weeks. They have no children. The couple was involved in an incident Thursday in which the woman was assaulted, and it was reported to the sheriff's office Friday. The sheriff's office advised the woman to stay with family after that incident; Davis said the woman returned to her residence on Tallokas Street Saturday.

Investigators aren't aware of any violence between Adams and his wife prior to Thursday's incident, Davis said.

About 3:45 a.m. Sunday, Colquitt County 911 received a call of a reported assault at 1817 Tallokas St., Davis said. It was later learned Adams had called his family after the shooting; he then handed the phone to his wife, who called 911.

Moultrie police officers and Colquitt County sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene and found Adams barricaded inside.

A neighbor on Tallokas Street said he was awakened Sunday morning by the blue lights of police cars but did not see or hear anything before officers arrived.

After a few minutes, Adams opened the door and was taken into custody, Davis said. He was taken to Colquitt Regional Medical Center then transferred to John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville for a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was in the intensive care unit in stable condition as of Monday morning, Davis said.

Officers and deputies entered the residence after taking Adams into custody and found Pitts dead and a 21-year-old woman assaulted, Davis said. Pitts had been shot once in the head with a .22-caliber rifle.

Assistant Coroner Kevin Wimberly said an autopsy was performed in Atlanta Monday on Pitts' body but results haven't been released yet.

The woman was taken to Colquitt Regional and was treated for her injuries and released Sunday, Davis said. She is staying with family.

There was no sign of forced entry at the residence, Davis said, so it was unknown how Adams got inside.

Once released from Archbold -- which may happen Wednesday, Davis said -- Adams faces charges of murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, kidnapping, rape and aggravated sodomy.

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