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Ankle Monitoring Ordered after Defendant Files for Passport Card

11-Aug-2014

A physician's assistant charged with second degree murder after two elderly patients died has been ordered to GPS monitoring.

Under his original bond conditions, Kenneth A. Adams was required to surrender his passport; however, he filed for a passport card, which prosecutors said was in violation of the terms of his release.

The Rogers County district attorney filed a motion to revoke Adams's $100,000 bond or to impose further bond sanctions on the defendant. Although the judge denied the request to revoke bond, he did order that Adams be subject to GPS ankle-monitoring during his release, and he is forbidden from travelling outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

A passport card is an alternative to a typical passport book, and while it cannot be used for international air travel, it can be used at points of entry to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. A passport card is often cheaper, quicker, and easier to obtain that an traditional passport. The state argued that Adams's application for a passport card indicated that he may be a flight risk, and obtaining a passport card is an attempt to circumvent the bond order to relinquish his passport.

Adams initially that he obtained the passport card to travel to Mexico, but later indicated that he obtained it in order to redeem a travel voucher for an Alaskan cruise. Under the stricter terms of his release, both destinations are forbidden to the defendant pending the resolution of his case.

Adams was charged with two counts of second degree murder after two residents of the Claremore Veterans' Center died as a result of alleged neglect. 

Jay Minter, 85, suffered serious burns and died after being scalded in a whirlpool bath at the center. In that case, investigators found that several of the whirlpools in the facility lacked working temperature gauges. After Minter was removed from the tub, a nurse noticed injuries to his skin. Adams was notified, and it was determined that Minter had first and second degree burns over more than half of his body.Adams neither notified Minter's physician of the injuries nor sought emergency medical care for the man, who died of thermal injuries several hours later.

Another resident of the facility, 86-year-old Louis Arterberry suffered a stroke. Instead of providing care for him in the early stages of stroke, Adams allegedly ignored him while attempting to set up a sexual tryst with another individual. Arterberry was not transported to the hospital for treatment until 10 hours after his symptoms began.

The deaths prompted investigation of VA facilities in the state.

According to Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a multi-county grand jury indicted Adams 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."

In Oklahoma, second degree murder is punishable by 10 years to life in prison.



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