Defense Lawyers: Adams’ Toxicology Test Cancelled Before Surgery
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Lawyers for the three men charged in the stabbing of Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive tackle, Mike Adams, continued to try to discredit his story about last summer’s attack as the trial continued Thursday.
The defense continued its campaign to paint Adams as a liar who’s trying to save his career.
KDKA’s Paul Martino Reports:
In court Thursday afternoon, it was revealed that a toxicology test for illegal drugs was cancelled prior to Adams’ surgery for his stab wound. Adams has been in trouble for marijuana in the past.
The revelation comes just one day after we learned that Adams allegedly had a lot more to drink the night of his stabbing than he admitted under oath. Defense attorneys are making a big deal out of it.
“All of us were extremely frustrated that the story that was told on the stand was certainly different than the stories that were told in the past,” said Randall McKinney, a defense attorney.
911 Call: “There’s this guy. He walked in here quick, for a quick second. He got stabbed in the stomach, like it was a small gash.
That was some of what was said in the 911 call made after Adams was stabbed outside a Cambodian restaurant on Pittsburgh’s South Side in the early hours of June 1, 2013.
Suspects Dquay Means, Michael Paranay and Jerrell Whitlock are charged in the incident. They are accused of trying to carjack Adams’ truck, punching him and stabbing him.
KDKA’s Paul Martino Reports:
Adams’ trauma surgeon testified that the Steelers’ lineman had a four- to five-inch deep wound in his stomach. It pierced his large intestine.
The surgeon admitted that a routine test for illegal drugs was cancelled when the lab never received Adams’ urine sample.
Adams was suspended from his team at Ohio State for marijuana problems. Later, he tested positive for pot at the NFL Combine.
Meanwhile, later on Thursday, the judge released police interviews recorded with two of the suspects.
Means, a local rap artist, told detectives that he ran after another man punched Adams near the restaurant.
“I’m like, that white dude’s about to get beat up,” Means says in the interview. “And that’s when he says, ‘No, he just got stabbed,’ and I’m like, ‘Whoa!’”
KDKA’s Kym Gable Reports:
Means, Paranay and Whitlock are charged with attempted homicide, attempted robbery and conspiracy.
“I didn’t stab Mike; I didn’t pull a gun on Mike,” Means said in the interview. “I didn’t do nothing but try to diffuse the situation. That’s all I did.”
Paranay says someone knocked food out of his hands during a heated exchange. He thought it was Adams, so he struck him in the face.
Parnay: “It’s just, I guess, a wrong place, wrong time kind of thing… I was drunk. I got fired up and punched him.”
Detective: “Is that normally what you’d do?”