LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A Lafayette man accused of an October murder sat before a jury for the first time Tuesday.
Kevin Adams, 51, is accused of shooting and killing Robert Rudicle II on Oct. 15, 2012, at Adams' home located at 3106 Kossuth Street.
Tuesday morning, opening arguments began at 8:30 at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse and by 9 a.m. witnesses began testifying.
The defense argued the two men knew each other and the shooting happened out of self defense.
Defense attorneys said Rudicle entered Adams' home without permission, started a fight and demanded money.
That's when they said Adams pulled the trigger to a 12-gauge shotgun.
They said both men were having an intimate relationship with Jennifer Armstead, a dancer at Filly's Gentleman's Club in Lafayette. However, prior to the shooting, Adams thought Rudicle was Armstead's half-brother.
Defense attorneys went on to argue that Armstead was having sex with Adams and asking for money in return.
Armstead testified Tuesday afternoon and said she was only "friends" with Adams and was in fact engaged to Rudicle at the time of the shooting.
She said she met both men while she was dancing at Filly's. She explained to the jury that Adams was giving her several hundred dollars a week to pay her bills. However, she explained she was in fact using the money to support her drug and alcohol addiction.
Armstead said she was at Adams' home the day of the shooting and explained to the courtroom that Adams had been drinking heavily all day. She went on to explain how she told Rudicle over the phone not to come pick her up at Adams' home because Adams was intoxicated and wouldn't be happy that Rudicle was at the residence.
At one point during her testimony, Armstead paused and asked prosecutors to remove her current boyfriend, who was sitting in at the trial Tuesday, from the courtroom. Armstead showed much emotion when prosecutors were showing the gun Adams used as a piece of evidence in the trial.
During testimony, two 911 calls were also played for the jury. In one of the 911 calls, a voice in the background was heard saying, "(Explicit) let him die." Armstead said this was Adams' response when she was asking him for his address to give to dispatchers.
A man's voice is then heard saying, "You're dead, mother (expletive.) You (expletive) with the wrong mother (expletive)."
When prosecutors asked Armstead, whose voice was being heard in the background of the 911 call, she said it was Adams saying this to Rudicle after he had shot him.
Several other witnesses took the stand, including Lafayette police (LPD) officers and an LPD detective. They all testified that when they arrived at the scene, Adams followed directions and was compliant with their demands.
During opening arguments, prosecutors told the jury Adams admitted to shooting Rudicle. However, they ended closing arguments by explaining that it's now up to the jury to decide whether it was legal, and whether or not this was an act of self-defense.
Testimony will continue Wednesday morning in Superior Court 1.
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