A Dallas teenager is locked up this morning, accused of killing two people over drugs and money -- and investigators have his mom to thank.
Nineteen-year-old Jasper Okeith Adams Jr. was arrested by Dallas police on Tuesday for an outstanding warrant and quickly tied to a pair of murders.
The first occurred early on the evening of September 3. According to an arrest affidavit, Adams shot 48-year-old Jeanine Ratliff during a dispute over drugs. Officers found her body in the kitchen of a known drug house in the 2700 block of Ann Arbor. Police say they learned of Adam's possible involvement from his mother, and that he confessed during an interview on Tuesday.
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The second killing allegedly stemmed from an argument over money. A second arrest affidavit says that Adams showed up to a house in the 1700 block of Fernwood Avenue some time between 3:30 and 4 a.m. on Saturday morning to confront 60-year-old Roosevelt Rider over money he said was owed to him.
Rider stepped outside and was shot in the head. A witness IDed Adams as the man who had pounded on the door just before the gunshot rang out, police say.
Adams was taken to Lew Sterrett on a pair of murder charges. He'll remain there pending trial unless he can make his $500,000 bond.