TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - A Lafayette murder case continued Wednesday with a second day of testimony.
Kevin Adams, 51, is accused of shooting and killing Robert Rudicle II at Adams' home located at 3106 Kossuth St. on Oct. 15, 2012.
The defense claims self-defense citing Indiana's "stand your ground" law.
During opening arguments, defense attorneys told the jury that Rudicle entered Adams' home, demanded money and started a fight with Adams before Adams shot him.
Attorneys said the two men knew each other because they were both having an intimate relationship with Jennifer Armstead, who they both met while she was a dancer at Filly's Gentleman's club in Lafayette.
Wednesday morning, Michael Paxton testified that Armstead and Rudicle were living with him during the time of the incident. Paxton said he was helping them "get clean" from their heroin and other drug addictions.
Paxton said he was with Armstead and Rudicle the morning of the shooting. He testified how he was driving the couple to Adams home to pick up money.
Tuesday morning, Armstead told the courtroom she was engaged to Rudicle and Adams was just a "friend" who was helping her out financially. She told the jury how Adams would give her several hundred dollars a week. She went on to testify how she would tell Adams the money was for bills, but said she was actually using it to support her $200-a-day drug addiction.
Paxton told the jury he dropped the couple off a few blocks away from Adams' home because they were arguing and they wanted to "walk and talk." He then went on to explain to the jury how he went to Champs Bar located on Earl Avenue, just down the road from Adams' home.
Paxton said Rudicle met him at Champs when Armstead went to Adams' to pick up money. He told the jury he got to Champs around 12:30 p.m. the afternoon of the shooting, and Rudicle arrived at the bar shortly after.
He told the courtroom they drank two beers and took a shot of Jagermeister before they left the bar at 2 p.m. Paxton explained how his alarm on his phone went off at 2 p.m. to remind him to pick his son up from school, and that's how he knew the time they left Champs.
Paxton said he dropped Rudicle off at Adams' home. He explained to the jury how a few minutes later he received a call from Armstead who told him that "Robbie" had just been shot. He explained how Armstead was in panic mode asking him for help.
Armstead went on to testify how he drove to Adams home and parked in the back driveway. He said he started walking up to the house but stopped and walked back to his vehicle.
When prosecutors asked him why he went back to his vehicle and didn't help, he responded, "my thoughts were if he was shot as bad as Jen said, I knew there wasn't anything I could do."
Paxton went on to tell the jury he didn't want to go into the home if Adams had a gun, so he left the scene.
Adams' son, Levi Adams, also took the stand Wednesday afternoon. He told the jury he had left the residence a few minutes before the shooting happened.
Earlier Wednesday morning during testimony, prosecutors showed video of Levi getting on a CityBus bus at 1:59 p.m. the afternoon of the shooting.
Lisa Zamora, a dancer at Filly's, also took the stand Wednesday. She told the jury that Armstead and Rudicle lived with her for about a month. She said Armstead would refer to Adams as her "customer," but said Armstead denied ever having sex with Adams.
She explained to the courtroom she had driven Rudicle to Adams home to pick up money for Armstead once prior to the day of the shooting. She said that was the only time she ever witnessed Adams or Rudicle together. Zamora explained there wasn't any tension between the two and they acted as if they were "friends."
The defense is scheduled to testify Thursday morning.
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