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Longview man's murder trial delayed

Megan Hix

By Megan Hix
Dec. 5, 2017 at 11:50 p.m.
Updated Dec. 6, 2017 at 7:44 a.m.

Kyron Delyn Adams (Gregg County Jail photo)

The trial of a Longview man charged with murder was pushed back after a Tuesday hearing.

Kyron Delyn Adams, 38, is charged in the death of Thomas Lynn Harper, 34, of Gladewater outside a Longview club in February. His trial was set to begin Monday, but after the hearing he was appointed a new attorney and scheduled for a docket hearing Jan. 5. His trial has not been rescheduled.

Adams' attorney, Gerald J. Smith, told 124th District Court Judge Alfonso Charles that communication between him and Adams had become strained.

"The issues just couldn't get resolved," Smith said. "I put this off with the anticipation that this would get better."

Charles expressed concern over the "last-minute" timing of the request but ultimately appointed attorney Richard A. Hurlburt to represent Adams.

Police say Adams shot Harper in the back after a fight between the men broke out Feb. 4 outside of J's Place on East Marshall Avenue, according to a warrant for Adams' arrest.

Harper and another man went outside to fight, and Harper had knocked the man unconscious when Adams joined in the brawl, according to the warrant. After a few punches, Adams ran to a car, pulled out a handgun and chased Harper before shooting him, according to police.

Adams was arrested and booked Feb. 9 into the Gregg County Jail.

Adams is also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. He is being held on $600,000 bond.



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