Criminal Justice

A Lawyer Is Shot and Killed; His Girlfriend, a Onetime Client, Is Charged with Murder


A South Carolina lawyer died from several gunshot wounds Monday evening, and his live-in girlfriend has been charged with the murder.

Police found York, S.C., lawyer Michael Howe dead in his bathroom and his girlfriend, Christina Adams, outside in the yard where a gun was also found, the Herald reports. Adams, 27, was charged with murder. She told police that 44-year-old Howe had hit her, but she did not confess to the crime, the story says.

Police say they learned of the shooting from an eyewitness. A friend of the couple, Daniel Martin, told the Herald and WSOCTV.com that he was the eyewitness.

Martin told WSOCTV.com that he had dinner at the couple’s house the evening of the slaying. After he got home, he says, he got a call from Adams. “She said she’d shot him,” Martin told the TV station. “She’d said things like that before, and it turned out to not be true. It was usually my signal to get over there and make peace.”

When Martin got to the home, he put Adams’ 10-year-old daughter in his truck and went into the house, he told the publications. At that time, he alleges, Adams started shooting.

Police reports say the couple began dating in 2009, and soon afterward Howe defended Adams on a drug possession charge that resulted in a $100 fine, according to the Herald. Howe was charged with domestic violence in a 2009 incident that allegedly began with a fight over Howe’s steriod use, police told the publication.

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