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Defendant representing self in code officer shooting trial in Houston County

PERRY — Opening arguments are expected this morning in the attempted murder trial of a Warner Robins man accused of shooting a civilian code enforcement officer.

John Adcock, 56, is representing himself. He is accused of shooting Beau Weathers, who was at Adcock’s home in 2008 to supervise the towing of junk vehicles.

Wearing a dark gray Houston County jail jumpsuit, Adcock initially declined to participate in Monday’s court proceedings, but did vote during jury selection. He did not ask potential jurors any questions, however.

After the jury was seated late Monday afternoon, Judge Katherine K. Lumsden gave jurors basic instructions and sent them home for the day. Lumsden said from the bench that Adcock had changed his mind and did intend to make an opening argument. The judge granted Adcock’s request for more time to prepare. Lumsden also gave Adcock basic instructions on court procedures. Adcock mostly took notes during afternoon court proceedings and asked the judge procedural questions.

Adcock, who has filed numerous handwritten motions from the Houston County jail, has alleged a “kangaroo court” and claims “he was justified in doing what he did — protecting himself and his property,” according to Houston County Chief Assistant District Attorney Jason Ashford, who is prosecuting the case.

Opening arguments are expected first from Ashford and then from Adcock, followed by expected testimony from witnesses for the prosecution.

Adcock is accused of shooting Weathers when junk cars were about to be towed off Adcock’s 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.

A resulting 10-hour standoff with police ended peacefully.

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.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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