INDIANAPOLIS – Simeon Adams sits in a man size cell inside the Marion County Jail, charged with man size crimes, and looking at prison sentences that could put him away decades into adulthood.
The 16-year-old murder suspect laughed and kidded with a fellow offender as he was walked to Judge Shelia Carlisle’s courtroom to be advised of the murder, attempted murder, gun and robbery charges he faces.
If convicted, the potential sentences add up to approximately 130 years.
“He’s in adult court and he’s facing, as the judge outlined in the combined cases, over 100 years in prison,” said Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson. “He’s not a child. He committed a serious offense and has to be accountable for the offense and under the law at 16 he is an adult.”
Adams is accused of shooting Erick Douglas on March 30th and killing Nathan Trapuzzano, an expectant father out for a walk on West 16th Street, on April 1st.
The teenager himself was shot later that night and appeared in court with a large bandage on his neck.
“Free Little Red. He innocent. He didn’t do none of that,” a friend who called himself Little Blue told reporters outside the courtroom.
“Red” is the name a man with a stolen gun gave police when he was caught with a firearm on April 1st. That gun was stolen from C & C Midwest Firearms in Clermont on March 22nd. The name identified “Red” as Simeon Adams.
Adams is suspect in the burglary and the theft of 25 guns.
“We not only have filed two cases but obviously there’s a couple other things we’ll look at as well,” said Robinson, “starting with the burglary at the gun shop. There seems to be an escalation in violence.”
The burglary happened five days after Adams was advised he was due back in court April th to stand before a juvenile judge and possibly be incarcerated for failing to comply with probation directives after a previous auto theft and resisting conviction.
“Where are the parents?” Robinson asked.
Adams’ mother, Lastronia Renee Adams, drowned in the White River when her son was barely a year old in 1998. Since that time the boy has been raised by an uncle who was quoted in a February juvenile probation report.
“Uncle stated that he wishes that youth would make more better decisions for himself,” wrote the probation officer, “or he will end up locked up and no one can help him then.”
“I’m a cousin and he is innocent until proven guilty,” said a woman outside the courtroom, “and so its just that plain and simple.”
Adams is being held without bond. He faces June 2nd trial date.
The teenager smiled as he was led from the courtroom in handcuffs.