TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - It was a packed courtroom Thursday as a Lafayette man accused of murder took the stand in his trial.
Kevin Adams, 52, is accused of shooting and killing Robbie Rudicle II at Adams' home last October.
Defense attorneys said the two men were both having an intimate relationship with Jennifer Armstead, who they both met while she was a dancer at Filly's Gentlemen's Club in Lafayette.
Thursday in court, Adams testified Armstead told him that Rudicle was her brother.
He explained how he first met Armstead in early April of 2012 at Filly's. He said they sat, had a drink and then left together.
Adams admitted to the jury he paid Armstead for sex the night they left the club together. He went on to testify that he paid Armstead for sex approximately 15 to 20 times after the first night he met her.
During testimony, Adams told the courtroom Armstead said she started having feelings for him and they became "boyfriend and girlfriend." He said at one point during the six-month relationship, they even talked about getting married.
He then went on to tell the jury how in "late April or early May" he started financially supporting Armstead and her three children. Adams' bank statements, which were used as evidence in court Thursday, show withdrawals and transactions totaling up to nearly $18,000. Adams said all of the withdrawals and transactions pointed out during testimony were for Armstead so she could "pay bills."
However, during testimony, Armstead admitted to using the money to buy heroin and other drugs for her and Rudicle. She said she spent more than $200 a day on heroin and several other types of drugs.
When Adams was asked if he ever gave money to Armstead for drugs, he said "No, no." He testified he never knew she was using the money he was giving her for drugs.
Adams went on to testify how he and Rudicle hung out several times and would talk about jobs, fishing and other activities.
However, he told the jury that Rudicle eventually started to call Adams and threaten to beat him up. Adams told the jury "He once threatened to beat my ass, my sons ass and beat Jennifer's ass if she was around." He said this threat happened in a Marsh parking lot in early October.
Adams said after the threats Rudicle launched at him, "It made me feel like he was going to live it up and come over and do it."
He also testified Rudicle eventually started to share his criminal history when they would hang out.
He said he believed Rudicle was trying to intimidate him, especially, he said, when Rudicle once showed him a tattoo that said, "White Power."
Adams went on to testify how he smoked three packs of cigarettes a day and wasn't in good physical shape. He said he was scared of Rudicle because he was much younger and in "better physical shape" than he was.
Defense attorneys said the day of the shooting, Rudicle entered Adams' home without permission, demanded money and started a fight with Adams.
"He started smacking me around and I shot him," Adams told the jury.
After the shooting, Adams said he was "scared as hell about what had just happened. I was numb. I didn't know what to do. I just froze."
Two police officers testified that, following his arrest, Adams never said Rudicle and Armstead were trying to rob him for money.
However, the defense is arguing self-defense in this case, citing Indiana's "Stand Your Ground Law."
Closing arguments are scheduled for Friday morning.
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