City man charged in threat on wife faces new charges

Carl E. Adams Jr. is accused of breaking a no-contact order and witness tampering.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of holding his wife at knifepoint and threatening to kill her last month now is accused of two additional crimes.

Carl E. Adams Jr., 43, of 1463 Francis Ave., pleaded innocent Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court to charges of tampering with a witness and violation of protection/no-contact order -- domestic violence. Officials said Adams allegedly phoned the victim from the Walla Walla County Jail after he was incarcerated.

He also is charged with first-degree assault, felony harassment and unlawful imprisonment -- domestic violence for crimes that allegedly occurred April 6.

Police said Karen Adams reportedly told police she and Carl Adams were in a motor home parked in the driveway at their residence that evening when he threatened her life. He allegedly continued threatening her while rubbing a knife on her body for several hours.

She said Adams wouldn't let her use the bathroom, eat or leave, according to a police report filed in court. Eventually he made her sign over the title of her pickup and he left, officials said.

Authorities were notified and Carl Adams was arrested the following morning when he returned to the residence.

His trial is scheduled for May 24.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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