Daniel Adkins Killing: Murder or "Self Defense"?

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See also: Cordell Jude Charged in April "Self Defense" Killing of Daniel Adkins

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Cordell Jude was charged with second-degree murder late last week for shooting Daniel Adkins at a Phoenix Taco Bell drive-through in April.

No extraordinary new evidence was released in the announcement by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, as Jude told police at the time that Adkins hit his vehicle with a bat, pipe or some type of object of similar size -- which was never found.

Jude was in the drive-through as Adkins was walking his dog nearby, and Adkins got upset after Jude apparently almost hit him with his car.

Jude told police that he shot Adkins after he took another swing at him with the pipe -- which no one else ever saw, and again, police never found -- using a pistol he had been carrying in his lap.

Jude told the cops he felt that he was in some sort of danger -- he also had his 8-months-pregnant girlfriend in the passenger seat -- but said that he never felt that their lives were in danger.

That said, more than three months after the shooting, and after Jude was picked up by the cops on drug charges, he's been charged with murder in Adkins' death.

Does that sound about right?

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carey041309
carey041309

This is just like the Travon Martin case and of course R.i.p to this young man, but can we please have justice for all young men in these types of situations

mariasamaniego29
mariasamaniego29

THANK YOU GOD  FOR ANSWERING OUR PRAYERS , ONE DAY CORDELL WILL BE JUDGED BEFOR THE LORD , THANK YOU TO THE JUDGES,AND COURTS  AND OFFICERS FOR DOING WHAT NEEDED TO BE DONE I HOPE THAT CORDELL ASKED GOD FOR FORGIVENESS, OH HOW I MISS MY  BEST CAUSIN DANIEL ADKINS I KNOW ONE DAY I WILL SEE HIM IN HEAVEEN AND WE CAN HUG EACH OTHER AND WE CAN TALK  TO EACH OTHER I MISS YOU CAUSIN SO MUCH,YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HAERT AND THOUGHTS AMEN LOVE YOU CAUSIN.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Of course anybody in Jude's position will claim self-defense when it was not. He didn't commit second degree murder, it was first degree murder and he must be charged accordingly!  But what really should happen is that he should get a public lynching.  The case also must be investigated by the Department of Justice and charged federally.  If it isn't, then the Trayvon Martin case in Florida must be dismissed and George Zimmerman must be cleared of all charges.

jhenderson82
jhenderson82

"Jude told police at the time that Adkins hit his vehicle with a bat, pipe or some type of object of similar size -- which was never found." Seriously? Who the hell cares if someone hits your car with a pipe or something! You stay in your vehicle, and call 911. Or you back up or drive forward and get out of there. This guy and his wife were in no immediate danger. Ever. I said that from day one. 

 

I carry and gun 90% of the time I am out and about, and I cannot even imagine shooting someone for something this completely stupid. 

 

This immature "thug" was just showing off for his wife. I hope he enjoys the consequences. 

 

RIP to the victim in this case. I am glad justice will be served. This was just like the Trayvon Martin case. Both had great results in the long run.

 

Good job to the LE members that worked this case.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

This thug (and that's all this godddamed thug is) obviously thought that he

was bein' dissed so he shot the dude dead.  Can't wait to see him get the

needle, and I'm opposed to capital punishment!  Burn, homey, burn!

garrett.duell
garrett.duell

I have been following this case for a while wondering why it was not getting any media attention, considering this was equivalent to a drive-by shooting and the guy has the audacity to call it self defense.  Jude took his time, put a bullet in the chamber and shot this man dead, with his dog leash still in his hand.  I cannot believe police would let this creep go for 3 months without an arrest.  This is 1st degree murder IMO.

Brett Solesky
Brett Solesky

Based on the photo.....well they say never judge a book by it's cover.

justmyfeelings
justmyfeelings

 @jhenderson82

 Actually, this is nothing like the Trayvon Martin case. Trayvon attacked and beat Zimmerman, while Daniel Atkins never laid a finger on Cordell Jude.. Therefore, Zimmerman can definitely claim self defence, but Jude murdered Daniel Atkins in cold blood, just to look cool in front of his baby mama.

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @jhenderson82 Exactly.  He shall be convicted and sentenced to life in an Arizona prison. He will also be charged with a federal hate crime and could be sentenced to death.

hopper5
hopper5

 @justmyfeelings  @jhenderson82

 

Trayvon was acting in self defense when a lunatic with a gun followed him.  At least the killer in this case wasn't following and harassing Adkins.

garrett.duell
garrett.duell

 @arpaiofan  @jhenderson82 He wont be charged with a hate crime.  The victim wasn't black.  He will be sitting pretty, watching cable television in prison getting fed 3 meals a day for the rest of his life on our tax dollars.  Society can only hope that his soon to be fatherless baby doesn't grow up to be just like him., and repeat the cycle.

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