Prosecutors say victim was ‘uncooperative’ in Oklahoma deputy shooting case; trial scheduled for January

FAYETTEVILLE — A deputy from Adair County, Okla., is scheduled for trial in January on an aggravated assault charge stemming from a shooting incident in September.

Travis Adams, 33, of Lincoln, pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault when arraigned on Wednesday. His trial date is set for January 27 in the courtroom of Washington County Circuit Judge Mark Lindsay.

Aggravated assault is a Class D felony punishable by six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Prosecutors say Adams fired multiple rounds from his gun during an altercation on Sept. 3, exposing others to death or serious injury.

Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a gunshot at Adams’ home on Pleasant Hill Road, west of Lincoln, around 5:52 p.m. on September 3. the time, as a suspect in the shooting.

A Central Emergency Medical Services ambulance responded to the scene and took Hellyer to Washington Regional Medical Center for treatment.

A witness recorded part of the shooting with a cellphone and detectives obtained the video, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputy Chief Jay Cantrell said Adams was told he was being evicted and that Hellyer is a relative of the landlord. Investigators interviewed Hellyer after he was taken to hospital.

Adams was arrested for first degree battery and aggravated assault. Denis Dean, senior assistant prosecutor, said he did not press charges for first-degree assault because “the victim is not cooperating with the prosecution and does not wish to press charges.”

Dean said Adams fired the shots before the two shots hit Hellyer, and those earlier shots prompted the aggravated assault charge.

Adair County Sheriff Jason Ritchie said last month that Adams was a former jailer and in reserve officer training to become a full-time certified officer.

Ritchie said he supports Adams “100%” and will “be behind” his employee.

He said Adams was still employed by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office and was on administrative leave during the investigation, but was still in training.

Travis Adams

Elna M. Lemons