AG’s Multicounty Grand Jury Indicts Former Claremore Veterans Center Physician Assistant on Murder Charges
OKLAHOMA CITY – A former physician assistant with the Claremore Veterans Center was named in a Multicounty Grand Jury indictment unsealed Monday in Rogers County District Court, Attorney General Scott Pruitt said.
Kenneth A. Adams, 60, Fort Gibson, a licensed physician assistant, was indicted on two felony counts of second degree felony murder or in the alternative manslaughter in the second degree, two counts of caretaker neglect and one misdemeanor count of failing to initiate a medicolegal investigation by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Counts one and two allege that between May 2 and May 3, 2012, Adams intentionally committed caretaker neglect, which led to the death of Peter “Jay” Minter, 85, after Minter suffered thermal burns that covered more than 50 percent of his body.
Counts three and four allege that between March 28 and 29, 2012, Adams intentionally committed caretaker neglect, which led to the death of Louis Arterberry, 86, after Adams ignored the signs Arterberry was having a stroke.
The fifth count alleges that Adams knowingly provided false and misleading information to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner, which resulted in the office declining to perform an investigation into the manner and cause of Minter’s death.
Adams is being held on a $100,000 bond and was ordered to surrender his passport. His arraignment date will be Monday, June 10 at 1:30 p.m. in Rogers County District Court.
"Today is the first step in seeking accountability and justice for veterans Mr. Minter and Mr. Arterberry, and we look forward to presenting the case to a jury," General Pruitt said.
The 14th Multicounty Grand Jury has issued seven indictments since convening in January. The grand jury will reconvene July 23 through 25. There is no session scheduled for June. Attorney General Scott Pruitt requested the grand jury in September.
The state’s multicounty grand jury investigates criminal matters in all 77 counties, assisting local law enforcement as well as handling matters of state interest.
Kenneth A. Adams Indictment_060313.pdf