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Handicapped man might have died months ago, coroner says

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 10:25 PM
Last updated Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 7:14 PM
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The body of a 23-year-old handicapped man found in a south Augusta home Friday might have been there much longer than previously thought, Richmond County deputy coroner Johnny McDonald said.

A preliminary autopsy was performed Saturday at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Augusta. Authorities say Robin Adams Jr., whose body was found at the 4279 James Drive home where his mother and sister were living, could have died as long ago as February.

The coroner’s office plans to subpoena Adams’ medical and dental records this week for a positive ID and to shed light on the cause of death. McDonald said a specialist was brought in, but Adams’ remains might be sent to Atlanta for more tests.

Adams’ mother, Angela Mercer, 43, and his sister, Deaidra Motley, 18, were charged Friday with concealing the death of a person, according to an e-mail from Sgt. Dan Carrier. He said more charges are pending the results of the autopsy.

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dichotomy
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dichotomy 10/13/12 - 10:50 pm
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"But if we report him dead

"But if we report him dead they will cut off the SSI checks."

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 10/13/12 - 11:19 pm
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Yes. And he was very young

Yes. And he was very young for a natural death.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/13/12 - 11:42 pm
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Yep Dichotomy, that

Yep Dichotomy, that possibility was the first thought that entered my mind. It is sad that someone so young passed; I would be interested in a followup story when they determine the cause of death. It says he was handicapped, but not the nature of his issues.

Jalisa_Adams89
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Jalisa_Adams89 10/14/12 - 01:39 am
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Robin Adams Jr.

Robin Adams Jr.

KSL
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KSL 10/14/12 - 04:13 am
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Mother, son and daughter. 3

Mother, son and daughter. 3 different last names. That, in itself, says a lot.

xpresso1
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xpresso1 10/14/12 - 10:14 am
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I read a previous article and

I read a previous article and it said he was mentally disabled and was like an infant. If they were concealing his death to keep receiving money then that is a horrible thing and they should be punished, however it could also be that she could not deal with his death and her mental state may not be like it should either. I mean if it was the money why in the world would they leave the body in the house or better question how could they stand the smell..

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 10/14/12 - 03:56 pm
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expresso1 wrote: "however it

expresso1 wrote: "however it could also be that she could not deal with his death and her mental state may not be like it should either"
So in order to minimize his death, keeping his body in the corner made it easier for her? I do agree on questioning her mental state. It is obvious these people had other motives than an inability to deal with a death.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 10/14/12 - 04:32 pm
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Shades of "Psycho"

At least they didn't put him in the freezer. Or perhaps that would have been better.

The things that some people are able to tolerate begs for certain kinds of conclusions, even diagnoses. "Depravity" jumps to mind.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/14/12 - 07:33 pm
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Wonder how long they thought

Wonder how long they thought they could keep this a secret? If he had health or mental problems, somewhere down along the way he'd have to have some sort of medical examinations. But then again, we may be dealing with a family who is very well versed in how to get around state requirements. Or....we could be dealing with a family who is just plain crazy. Feel so sorry for that young man and the rest of his extended family who are missing him right now.

Summer Moore
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Summer Moore 10/14/12 - 07:54 pm
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Thank you!

Thank you Jalisa_Adams89, for alerting us to the fact that Mr. Adams was a Jr. I called the coroner and he confirmed. We have changed the stories to reflect it.

CABoatright
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CABoatright 10/15/12 - 07:08 am
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It's all about a dollar!
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Dichotomy--I agree w/you...that was my first thought as well.

Ruckus
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Ruckus 10/15/12 - 07:19 am
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Sad

This is similar to the case they had a couple of years ago. A couple lived in house that had to be condemned after the police discovered the a body /conditions...Sad people like that should be dealt with unstable or not. Money is always involved

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