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Trial in WR standoff to begin today

WARNER ROBINS — A man charged with attempted murder in the 2008 shooting of a Warner Robins code enforcement officer that resulted in a 10-hour standoff with police is expected to represent himself at his trial this week.

John Adcock, 56, is accused of shooting civilian code enforcement officer Beau Weathers when junk cars were about to be towed off his property at 204 Ward St. on April 23, 2008.

Weathers, police Capt. Bill Capps, who heads the city’s code enforcement office, and three wrecker drivers had been on the property for about 15 minutes when Adcock suddenly came out of the house and opened fire with a shotgun, wounding Weathers, police said. The code enforcement officers and tow truck drivers took refuge behind the three large tow trucks, which were riddled with bullets.

Adcock then went back inside and returned with a rifle, again opening fire, police said. Capps did not return fire, police said.

The resulting standoff with police ended peacefully several hours later.

Code enforcement officers had been working with Adcock to take corrective action, but were forced to tow the vehicles when he took no action to come into compliance after a 15-day waiting period, police said.

Adcock was indicted by a Houston County grand jury on charges of criminal attempt to commit murder, possession of a firearm during a crime, aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated assault on police officers, four counts of aggravated assault, and three counts of criminal damage to property.

Jury selection is expected today in Houston County Superior Court in Perry, with opening arguments from Adcock and Chief Assistant District Attorney Jason Ashford expected either late today or early Tuesday. Judge Katherine K. Lumsden is expected to preside over court proceedings.

“There’s no question he did what he did,” Ashford said of Adcock. However, Ashford said that Adcock claims “he was justified in doing what he did — protecting himself and his property.”

Adcock, who has filed numerous handwritten motions from the Houston County jail, basically has alleged a “kangaroo court,” Ashford said.

In one such filing, Adcock sought a “motion to dismiss with prejudice because the prosecution is corrupt, or in the alternative, (a) motion for transfer to federal court,” according to court documents.

In the motion, Adcock alleged a “conspiracy” among Warner Robins police to alter a police car video.

“Judge Lumsden and Jason E. Ashford wanted defendant to accept court appointed counsel as defendant was exposing their conspiracy to cover-up Warner Robins Police Department’s conspiracy to alter patrol vehicle video,” Adcock stated in the motion.

Adcock alleged the tape was altered “to hide Capt. Capps shooting and picking up shell casings.”

“There’s over 40 shots recorded on the short piece of tape that has audio, and there’s only 20 shell casings found,” Adcock wrote in his motion.

Adcock also referenced a police report in the motion that he said included information from a Warner Robins woman who “advised that she saw a middle-aged white male police officer shooting toward North Avenue.” Adcock’s home was two houses down on Ward Street from the intersection of Ward Street and North Avenue.

In addition, Adcock alleged that a Houston County sheriff’s deputy who is allegedly related to Capps gave him the “hot treatment” by keeping the air off in the back of the police car when he was taken from the jail to a doctor’s appointment.

He also complained in the motion that his former public defense attorney announced to a television news outlet that he was seeking a psychiatric evaluation when, Adcock wrote, he had been found competent to stand trial.

“Judge Lumsden refused to get the GBI involved, as she is corrupt,” Adcock also alleged in the motion.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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