Grand jury indicts fatal stabbing suspect

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — The Frederick County teen accused of fatally stabbing 19-year-old Leah Marie Adams in March will now be tried as an adult.

The Warren County Circuit Court Grand Jury indicted Bailey Lincoln Powell, 18, of Gore, Monday on one count of second-degree murder in the case regarding Adams' March 25 death.

Powell was 17 when arrested, and turned 18 on May 9. The Sentinel previously did not publish his name, because of his juvenile status and the fact that his initial hearings occurred in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

When Powell turned 18, he was transported from the Northwestern Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Winchester to Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, where he remains in custody.

Judge Kim Athey determined after testimony in a May 25 Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court hearing that there was sufficient probable cause to send the case before the grand jury.

Powell appeared briefly in court Monday, during which time his defense made motions to test his and Adams' blood independently, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Bryan Layton said in an email.

That hearing was continued to 8:45 a.m. June 29 in Warren County Circuit Court, according to online circuit court documents.

If convicted on the second-degree murder charge, Powell faces between five and 40 years in prison.

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